Monday, August 22, 2016

Tomatoes and Turquoise
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

More booty from the garden. Love the red and turquoise together, but it is a bit difficult to photograph! Thanks for checking it out!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Haves and Have-Nots
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 8 inches

On one hand, this is produce from my garden - love these sweet cherry tomatoes! But on the other hand, from the time I first had this image in my mind, I was thinking about the title. So much in the news these days - worldwide violence, illness, want, social injustice. Here in the US, all of those, along with conversations pertaining to upcoming elections at all levels. As for the painting, which are the haves and which are the have-nots? Do the glasses represent prisons or protections? Do we each place ourselves inside or outside the glasses? What about those "like us" and those "not like us"? What confines us and what enfolds us? When are they the same thing? Tough questions.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Not Quite Rush Hour
Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches
Another cityscape. The subject matter kind of reminds me of Wayne Thiebaud's (master of repetition and variation) "Heavy Traffic", though the paintings have a much different intention, I think. I took this photo travelling into Chicago. Maybe you Chicagoans recognize some of the skyline, but it's certainly not photographic. Thanks for checking it out!

Corner Shadows
Oil on panel, 12 x 6 inches

I've been continuing to work on city scenes and the light and shadows that I find there. This is just a rusty, weedy corner found in our downtown area, but the light and shadows that morning were intriguing to me. The most ordinary can often be quite interesting.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Between the Blue and Brick
Oil on archival panel, 8 x 10 inches

Have you looked at the light and shadows in the paintings of Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent (not just his portraits; check out his many sketches and paintings of his travels to Italy, Algiers, and elsewhere), and the contemporary painter, Colley Whisson? What an education they all have to offer! I've been looking more closely at their paintings as well as others', and I hope I'm learning a thing or two. This is from early last Saturday morning with a strong sun (though much humidity) in our "old downtown" area. Hope you enjoy!