Collecting Summer’s Bones

#193 – Tuesday, September 15th.

A collection of tangles. Knotted debris entwined, aftermath of natures energies. Labyrinths of confusion defying reconciliation. Disregard for strident efforts at organization. Marriages of chaos wrapped up and captured by the capriciousness of fate. Messy and twisted. Summer’s bones. Shot in color, ink-jet printed in black and white. The paper drenched in water and let dry, then rephotographed. Images presented as points of departure. Catalysts for the paintings to come. It’s good to be back.

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Wood River 38-001

Wood River 37-001

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Dark Wood In A Full Moon

#116 Tuesday June 4th

Dark Wood

When the moon goes full, it attracts my eye like a magnet and I run to grab the camera. My money shot is the moon  partially obscured by vegetation,  tree branches, cacti, or an agave in flower, with a momentarily notable land feature bathed in the moon’s glow. I’ve countless versions of this image, but of all the photographs I’ve taken, then used as starting points for a paintings, the moon shots rarely make the inspirational cut. However this night, after capturing the obligatory composition, I happened to glance back for a  final look as I walked into the studio.  The moon was entirely hidden behind the trunk of a Eucalyptus tree and in that moment, I knew this was the impetus for a new painting.

This past Saturday was the opening for the “All Arizona Artist 2013”  exhibition at Art Intersection Gallery. The juried, survey exhibition includes two of my paintings, both shown for the first time in Arizona. The show continues through July 27th. Additional information and directions to Art Intersection are on  the gallery’s website: 

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AIS Filmstrip #1

Meanwhile, Back In The Studio, It’s Bang Bang

# 115 – Tuesday May 28th

I don’t think about what kind of painter I am, until I’m asked “Now what IS IT you do”? I’ve a simple answer, “Intimate organic abstraction. No straight lines or right angles, movement, form, and palette, nature based” and while woefully inadequate, it performs a vital function . . . opening the door to further discourse.

But something is happening, and I’m reconsidering.  I blame it on my point-and shoot. Out and about, bang bang, on the fly, one-handed, in stride, snapshots of the long view. In or out of focus, no matter, just raw material for the paintings. It’s the openness and fluidity of these random landscapes I’m finding very seductive, and I’m incorporating those attributes into the new work.  So I’m trying out, when asked the ubiquitous “what do you” question . . . responding . . . I paint landscape. And while woefully inadequate, it performs that vital function, opening the door to further discourse.

I like generating my source material, but every now and again I find an image(s) that lights up my creative engine.  Tree Abroad #2, from the Tree Series  by South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee, is such an image, and the inspiration for this painting.


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Art Intersection (in the gallery’s words) “Is a motivation, inspiration, education, reaching, and showing space”. While the focus of AI is photography, once a year they present a juried survey exhibition of all forms of visual art, by Arizona artists. The exhibition All Art Arizona 2013 includes two of my paintings. This will be the first time both canvasses are shown in Arizona. The All Art Arizona 2013 exhibition opens Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 6pm – 8pm, and all are welcome. The exhibition runs from June 1, 2013 until July 27, 2013. Art Intersection is at: 207 North Gilbert Road, Suite 201 (upstairs), Gilbert, AZ 85234

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