The Spring and Red Tree

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

spring and red tree

It has been some time since I have published images of my paintings.  To tell the truth I have been going through something of a painter’s block. It is not unusual for me to go through period when I find it hard to draw or paint. At the current time I am working on two paintings at once. In both cases, water is an important element. A am also trying to push myself when it comes to color. That exploration is, hopefully, just beginning.

Inspired by, Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon


December 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Picture 044I have been going through a dry period with my painting. I am now back out in chilly Minneapolis. I have been drawing and now have some ideas about a work that I started last summer and did not finished. I have made changes to it and may start to work painting it today. Hopefully this gets me past my time of inactivity. And hopefully this break from painting was a good thing.

Stylization in a 13th Century image of ships, sailors and the sea

June 4, 2012 § 1 Comment


Stylization is a tendency I have in image making. I like looking at medieval works of art because of the flattening of space, and the repeated image that becomes rhythmic patterns. But I have to be careful. In my work it can work against me and be perhaps like an over sweetened dessert.

At Arm’s Length

June 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have been painting small works in order to explore my tools and my materials this work started with drawing and painting the hands first it took me more than seven attempts to get the body, anywhere near being correct. The proportions were badly off time and time again. I could not figure what the length of the arm should be. I discovered by measuring my own hands against my arm that four hands is about the length arm should be. I also discovered how forgiving black gesso on illustration board is. And one last thing, I had to deal with failing time and time again and not let it get to me, and not feel like a failure myself. Well the hard part of this painting is done now I get to play a bit.


Ancient Egyptian Perspective and Chinese Landscapes

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

When I taught in the Egyptian Galleries at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in the 80’s and 90’s, one of my favorite objects was the the tomb wall of Nespeqashuty. It was a river or landscape that depicted him as a corpse or a mummy with his wife being taken to his tomb by his son.  There is a second boat towing the one that carries the mummy figure. And along the shore are servants that were symbolic representations of different farms of Nespeqashuty, carrying the products of each. One of the great things about this work is that it was never completed. You can see the process of creation, the drawings in red ocher, the rough carvings and the finished carving. None of it was painted.  I had taught in front of this object for a number of years before I noticed the perspective. You had a river with two banks and they were stacked upon upon another visually like three books.  The closest bank on the bottom, the river in the middle of the stack and the far side of the river ( farthest away) in the top.  ( I loved it and it became something that I often pointed out to students)  Last week I was again at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this time looking at monumental Chinese landscape paintings. Something began click in my head. Suddenly I saw it.  The Chinese painters were using what might be called near view, middle, and distant view that is also a stacking of land like three books upon each other with, in this case lots of misty voids , obscuring the links between them. I liked it!

Human Anatomy,Always in the Back of My Mind

June 5, 2011 § 2 Comments

OK, I have long since stop buying arts magazines. I just fell out of the habit and need I say that the major ones are very, very expensive. But yesterday, here I was in Barnes & Nobles, Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall, coming down the newly repaired escalator with my new sifi novel in hand and I happen to notice the Mag art section from above. When I get back to earth I thought, I’ll give that section a brief look. Which I did. I then noticed one of the cheaper Mags. announcing an article entitled ( Improving Your Drawings Through Anatomy, by Dan Gheno) Ok I was hooked. I looked at it and after a struggle, put it back on the shelf and walked away. That is not to say that I was not haunted afterwards. And afterward, by about twenty minuets, I found myself back in the store, buying the Magazine. ( American Artist: Drawing) It seems a great article. The Magazine is their most recent addition ( Spring 2011) I now can’t wait for the plane ride back to New York City, what better thing to read or re-read?





The Use of a Sketchbook

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday I was on my bike with pack, camera and sketch book. I have read something recently about putting your camera away on vacation and use your sketchbook instead. It gives greater depth to what your seeing and this becomes more deeply embedded in the memory. I have been using my sketchbook more often as a result of reading this. I am glad that I have been.


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