My latest painting – I was going to call it “Still Waters,” but then a friend told me that it is so “Game of Thrones.” So, I never watched the series. Maybe I need to check it out…
My latest painting: Crow Dance. Only took 3 months to finish :-). What drew me to paint these crows is the attitude and interaction between them. I like the ambiguity that I don’t actually know whether they are mating or fighting over food.
It was so much fun making this painting, adding many layers of slightly translucent paint to build up the depth and subtle color tones.
It’s official. The name is on the door. I’m getting an art studio in the newly re-imagined Studio Door gallery in Hillcrest. The gallery grand opening is next week Saturday 12-7pm. 3867 4th Ave.
If the matter of the earth can be reduced to the size of a pea (once the space between atoms is removed), perhaps we all are simply holograms. A place created to keep consciousness occupied…
Photographed in the steam and mist of geysers before sunrise. The feeling these images give me is that of passing from one reality into another. The shadowy figures almost feel like faint energy bodies moving on to another world.
Photographed at an abandoned saltpeter mine, Humberstone, Chile. First I was drawn to the amazing textures, colors and passageways of the decrepit buildings, but soon I started visualizing the feelings of a long gone era. I started experimenting with the shadows I was casting and the movement of passing through the doorways and long forgotten hallways. Here are some of my favorite images from the experience.
The “50 To Watch” book has arrived and it looks terrific. Two of my pieces are included! The actual show runs from April 5th through May 15th in two locations:
1. The Studio Door, 3750 30th Street and
2. City of Solana Beach, 635 South Highway 101.
OMG – I made it! I actually finished 30 small artworks in 30 days! I had to lay them all out on the floor next to each other to get the full impact of the project. I am happy and relieved at the same time. I never before put myself into the situation to conceive, create, photograph, and post a work so quickly.
I learned a lot from this project:
- I can paint every day and rarely have problems with inspiration :-). I am actually happy to be in the studio every day.
- I seem to have an endless flow of thoughts and words and visuals I can pull from. I guess for this profession it’s a good thing the mind never shuts up….
- I have gotten more confidence in my workflow and my ability to create something under adverse circumstances (very little time due to work and such).
- I can create a consistent body of work – I think all these pieces look like the same artist made them.
- I can actually finish a tough challenge!
A long time ago I read somewhere that deep breathing and being stressed can’t occur at the same time. Every time I do it – it works. But most of the time I forget to breathe deeply, and my shallow breathing makes stress worse. Today I will remind myself to breathe deeply and freely.
Keeping the flow of giving and receiving open isn’t always easy. I have a tendency to want to know how to do everything, so I don’t have to ask for help. So, today I will focus on creating a healthy relationship, giving and being open to receive in equal measure.
No story telling today. No guesswork. If I am assuming why somebody did something – I am in trouble. Today I will simply ask.
I like this saying. It reminds me not to be petty, but to live for the bigger dreams. Sometimes I say to myself: I don’t want to watch movies, I want to create a life worth making a movie about. I mean, if memories are all we are left with in the end, I’d rather have them be good memories.
Healing is not just about myself in a vacuum. Healing happens all the time in relations – in little moments at the oddest times. Smiling at someone or a kind word can completely turn around someone’s day. Today I will acknowledge someone by seeing them, not just on the outside, but acknowledging them for their existence.