I am in the process of updating my website YET AGAIN! So I have added four paintings from the 'Atmospheres' series. It is again a foray into previous work with Oil and Wax, and in this case, on paper. I like the "immediacy" of paper as a support method. I returned to this from my paintings done years ago in the 'Maps of the Sahara' Series. The only drawback is that I get to frame them...but Melody from Mel's Frame Shop in Portland has been great for me. Thanks Kirk!
I had the opportunity to watch Grey Kitty and Pug-Sit while I watched Kelly's house earlier this spring. I was able to spend time making friends anew with Paper, Oil and Wax. Smaller in size, but a great way to be engaged. Since then, I have worked with larger canvasses, but I will move slowly along this front for now! Two 'Migration Series' at 36" square. Unfinished at this point, but I am thankful for the commission! Difficult for me to master, but a further appreciation of where I have come from. Whatever isn't chosen for the commission will make its way to Volta Gallery. All of my galleries are wonderful, but for now Volta makes sense because it is local. In time, I hope to once again expand my reach.
I was part of a two-person show with Jill Perry-Townsend on September 12. This was perhaps a mile-stone for me, but it only serves as a reminder on the long path that I get to take. My painting gets better (of course you may think differently!) but maybe I should say, the Physical Aspect of painting gets better, but I still have a ways to go. It was wonderful seeing so many people and 'talking'. Thank you for your good thoughts, and I hope to keep getting better. As a friend of mine asked, "what is next for you?" I have reflected on this, and a really wonderful thing has happened. I feel FREEDOM to explore...but I get to make the next 'Migrations' first! I have a great commission to keep me busy in the meantime.
I have added some pictures made on Prince Edward Island during the past few weeks. I have included pictures of my extended family... just because they are cuter! Especially the girls (Alice and Lizzie) off-springs of Emily and Eric and Olivia and Maddie the off-springs of Sarah and Stevens. I continue to make friends with my camera, but this will come as NO surprise, I have been friends with the camera for a long time.
I have added two paintings for sale. The first one is 'Haystack Rock' (available from Volta Gallery) and is 36 x 32 Oil and Wax on canvas. Perhaps a distinction for this painting is that I began it before my stroke, but as I looked at it recently, I determined that I shouldn't do anything to it. Anything more would change it. Contrasting this would be 'The Current' that I felt should be okay if it remained the same, but it would benefit from more time spent with it. So with these two paintings I would offer two different outcomes--one, un-altered and the second, my first foray into a fair amount of paint. The end result is very worthwhile for me. Knowing when to STOP on the first one is a good thing, and adding to the second has been great for me to try. I won't go into the specific work I had to do, but suffice it to say that I learned a lot from it, and how to paint anew.
When I was in the south of France in 2007, i made these pictures when I was in Antibes. The Picasso museum was closed for an upgrade, so I had a great time making friends with the surrounding area. I have included pictures of Wendy and Alison because they were such wonderful traveling partners, and a few of you wanted to keep tabs on them! At this time I was photographing with my Canon 30D and what I have become accustomed to, my three zoom lenses. I returned in 2010 to close-by in Nice, France. The Mediterranean IS WONDERFUL!
These pictures are from my first trip to Paris in 2004. I have been lucky to return two additional times since then and I will add more pictures in the future, but I will add them in groups of 20. This was my first trip overseas, and all of these were made digitally (my Canon 10D with a 24-85 zoom). I learned a lot...and it was COLD! The snow in the second week of February represented a wonderful improvement, and was warmer. I returned in 2007, but in April, and it was delightful! Not that I have much experience to reflect back on, but Paris remains one of the high points around the world. There are several pictures of Chairs. I began photographing these because of how many and where they were located. I began with the Tuilleries--the gardens to the east of the Louvre--and copious chairs were left after the last conversation between folks. I remembered my mentor Dan and what he said about Traces...I borrowed it to mean a reflection of the last conversation held in these locations. Also, my friend Joel counted-up all the exposures I had made in the seven day period that I was gone, and he came-up with an incredible number of pictures that I had made...something like once every thirty seconds outside of sleeping and food needs! But what can I say...it was my first time there!
I will let the pictures answer a few questions. But in the meantime, I found myself surrounded by numerous peaks, but perhaps most importantly The Eiger, The Monk, and The Young Frau (as seen in this picture). As only the Swiss would do...I traveled up INSIDE the Eiger (by train) to a place that came out near the top at the top of the Jungfrau. You can look at the pictures, and if you have any questions, I will try and answer them.
I have added some pictures of the Migration Series. This may be a bit redundant, but I formed these to keep my interest in the MOVEMENT. I wanted something to involve me as a painter, and as simple as movement was, it kept my interest and motivated me. The colors aren't maybe what you would expect, but I had some fun with them! And I will look for some pictures, but the "fishes" were built from copious layers of paint.