Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winter Studies...

 Winter Creek (9x12)

When it's sunny with clear skies here in Portland in the middle of January, it's usually COLD...however it wasn't too bad this month; I was able to get out and do a few plein air sketches as long as I bundled up... I'm used to doing sketches like these in the warmer months when the trees are covered with plenty of foliage, giving them more body and shape to work with...but this was a nice change of (brisk) pace...

January Sun (9x12)

I really enjoyed focusing on the movement of the trunks and branches, and the hues they produce when massed together; beautiful grey-violets and pink-sages that compliment one another. I hope to get out again soon, and gather more colour reference before Spring hits. Not often we have a dry winter like this, and I'm happy to take advantage of it! Hope to turn some of this raw material into some larger works too...

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Personal Space" show now open!

The Chairman (12x12) o/p

My new show, "Personal Space" opened last night at Bonner David galleries in Scottsdale, AZ -- click link below to see it!

Heard it was well received, but I'm back here at home painting for another gallery that will be carrying me in California, then on to an exclusive group show in New York after that... Sounds like I'm movin' and groovin' in the art world, but it's business as usual: you paint, frame, ship 'em out and hope for the best. I am very grateful doors are opening, but sales are what keeps the boat afloat. Would like to say money doesn't matter, but when it's your family's livelihood it sure does.
At least I love what I do -- and that counts for a lot!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Interview in Uncle Jam

Last summer, artist & author Phil Yeh came by the studio and did an interview with me for the latest issue of Uncle Jam magazine, a publication about artists and writers. It is very interesting that when I was a teenager in 1976, I picked up an issue of this magazine because it had a cover and interview with the late Rick Griffin (my favorite artist at the time) and now, nearly 40 years later I am the one being featured in the same way...all the more special as this is their 40th Anniversary issue -- thank you Phil and Linda and Uncle Jam!

Read the full interview here

Monday, January 13, 2014

 One More, Once (16x20) oil on linen

Painted for my upcoming show, "Personal Space", this piece was inspired by Count Basie's verbal command at the end of his recording of April In Paris where he says, "One more time" and then "One More Once" as his orchestra repeats the ending phrase of the song...  I rented the trumpet from a local music store and had my friend Roger (who once played the coronet) pose for me in his vintage Stetson hat. The ceiling lamp that appears in the upper right is one of six that hang in my studio from when it was built in the early 1950's. It works as an odd but effective balance to the composition which is largely made up of diagonal elements...


Monday, January 6, 2014

New Show "Personal Space"

Nightingale (24x30) o/p

My new solo show, "Personal Space" opens January 23rd at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ. These two oil paintings on wood panels were just completed for the show, working with my amazing model, Shadowmoon Wolf... She is a dancer and dance teacher (our daughters ballet teacher, in fact) and was so kind and generous to work with! Definitely want to work with her again!

 Blue Benediction (24x30) o/p

 (Benediction detail)

 (Benediction detail 2)