Friday, April 13, 2018

Composition - 2018


oil on gessoed plywood, 26 x 26" April 2019





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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mystic song of the Crow

16" square, oil on board
completed 2018


Sunday, January 14, 2018

MISS HAVISHAM'S DRESS, completed Jan. 2018



oil on panel, 24 x 30"  January 2018


click and zoom in to get a better look at this.

This was chosen to be in Women's Works juried show in March-april this year.



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Monday, September 25, 2017

Comments on Cezanne and "The Unknown Masterpiece"

Of the many artists I love and have tried to learn from, Cezanne has been my lifelong companion.  I still have a rather vivid recollection of sitting in a college cafeteria looking through a book of Cezanne's paintings back in the 60s, and being so impressed and stunned, especially by the still lifes, for their "je ne sais quois".   Since that time I have turned again and again back to Cezanne for inspiration and guidance.  In recent years I have also read a lot about him, including Rewald's biography and now have found what I think is the most illuminating of all biographies, done by Alex Danchev.  Previous accounts speak of the break between Emile Zola and Cezanne, who until Zola wrote the novel, L'ouvre, about a painter who never achieves "greatness" and finally hangs himself, were very close.  The previous accounts point out the fact that Cezanne never spoke to Zola again after he read the book.

This biography by Danchev gives what I think is a different view of the growth of artists, and what I get from it is that Zola went more the way of Cezanne's veiled opinion of Wagner, and perhaps other artists who have to sell themselves and be "showy".  Cezanne was financially independent and able to continue to "serve his muse" which is many times far different from the huge financial success and fame some artists gain at the expense of selling their souls and never achieving what is within themselves.  Remember Faust.   An interesting movie take on all this is "Basquiat" or another a less known movie called "Untitled".

What I mean to get at here is that perhaps the split between Zola and Cezanne was only natural, as really, Zola remains to my eye a kind of second rate artist who made a good living by his writing.  While at the same time Cezanne did not seek fame or fortune in his painting but remained always self-critical, often to the point of great neurosis, and he was always searching to go further and further in his own personal quest.  He was brilliant, a classicist, could converse in Latin, and always the top of his class until he failed in law as he hated it.  One of his favorite stories was by Balzac, "The Unknown Masterpiece" which tells of an artist who keeps seeking to portray "life" in his work and the final result is a surprise.  I recommend this story.

As this blog is about painting and art, I want to share my point of view that what you do and the direction you take as an artist might not fit in with money or fame.  If you are true to yourself, perhaps you (or I) will eventually create an unknown masterpiece, and even if it remains unknown, it is known by you.  You know that you have achieved it.  When I look at what passes for art and the people who are successes these days, especially the world of big media events, this resonates with me.   In such a way, Cezanne told someone, "I'm the greatest artist of my time" and I think he meant he had achieved something he knew was "more real than real" a touch of the divine as he strove toward his own personal perfection.  And that does not need to be touted, you just know in your heart that you have achieved something.




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Thursday, September 7, 2017

STILL LIFE WITH IRIS AND RED ONIONS

12 x 16" oil on panel






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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

STILL LIFE

12 X 24  Inches, oil on brass panel














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Friday, May 26, 2017

STILL LIFE, May 2017









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Friday, March 31, 2017

STILL LIFE - March 2017 20 x 28" oil and egg tempera on board












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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Still life 16 x 16" Oil, June 2016






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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Comment on Success...

Vincent Van Gogh wrote his brother Theo in April 1890 that it's almost always the case that success is the worst thing that can happen in a painter's life.

That comment struck me as very true.  Would Van Gogh really have cared that his paintings have sold for millions after his death?  I wonder.

Personally, now that I am "old", I am not sure that the idea of success is what drives me to do art, unless it has to do with the Greek concept of arete, achieving one's best in whatever you do.  And to me trying to achieve that excellence is a very personal thing.

I resonate with what Van Gogh wrote, as after I had a little show some years ago I was inspired to paint something new, and I thought "This will sell" -- and I quickly realized it was terrible:  dead, with no inspiration or meaning to me.    I was so discouraged.  It took me some time to get back to being myself and doing what I wanted and needed to do.  I have struggled with this always, thinking to please others (such as contests) and getting back to making something I'd really like on my own wall.

Somehow I think this is what Vincent meant as well.

New Still Life 16 x 20" oil on panel

STILL LIFE WITH EDWARDIAN SHOES






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Sunday, May 29, 2016

new painting - landscape May 2016

oil on masonite panel






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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ETUDES

I have decided to work on studies (etudes) finished in 1-2 days while waiting for the inspiration for a more committed work.  These four paintings, all oils, are all small format, none larger than 8 x 8 inches.  The single tulip was the most challenging ---







Wednesday, April 6, 2016

STILL LIFE WITH GREEK VASE

16 x 20" Oil and tempera on panel, April, 2015




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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Still Life March 2015


oil on panel, 16 x 20" completed March 2016



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

still life with yellow bowl, March 2016


oil on wood panel, 24 x 24 inches, completed March 2016

I have finally given in and let my feeling for color and the paint take over.  In my below "selfie" photo the unfinished version shows.  The white area on the top right was such an obstacle, I tried to repaint it numerous times, then when I finally took it out it brought the entire piece together.

This painting has underpainting, direct thick brushwork, glazing and scumbling techniques.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mandala Still Life, Feb. 2015

There's a lot to "Painting What you See" and making a composition.  In this one I concentrated on trying to reproduce color and form and give the entire piece a rhythm.
oil on copper plate, 16 x 20 inches completed Feb. 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

THREE STILL LIFE PAINTINGS


Family Tree, 33 x 19 inches, oil on panel completed 2015


 Still Life, 16 x 20" oil on panel, completed 2015



Portrait of a Chair, 16 x 21, oil on panel, completed 2015







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Thursday, May 28, 2015

APRIL AFTERNOON, oil on board


April afternoon, oil on board, completed May 2015 24 x 24

Friday, May 1, 2015

Still Life in the Flemish Manner

I have been fascinated by the "more real than real" still life paintings of the early Dutch and Flemish masters so find it interesting to do painting in a layered style with glazing additions.  Here is a recent study, oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches, completed April 2015






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Saturday, January 17, 2015

NO EXIT


OIL  16 X 20"  2014-5

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Myth



A Myth.  Oil on Canvas, 35" by 50"  October 2014

My mother gold me she'd have my wedding dress professionally packed as an heirloom.  Instead she gave it to my brother's bride to be who never wore it and put it in a damp storage space.  She wrote and asked if I wanted it; yes, I said, so it it came, wrinkled silk taffeta and a hole from rot right over the heart.  I thought that symbolic as I divorced the man I married when I wore it within 3 years...  So I thought it best to make a still life of it and here it is.




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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ghosts....

16 X 20 OIL ON CANVASBOARD 2014
this will be exhibited and for sale at the EAFA 38TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION in Seattle, at the Seattle Design Center in November and December 2014.




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Monday, September 8, 2014

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