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January 28, 2016

Years ago, I painted my car. I owned a prim, gold Toyota Tercel (named Tenacity) that I was determined to drive until the wheels fell off, I was infatuated with stencils, and I had been visited by a vague design plan involving maple leaves and folk-primitive motifs. So...

January 20, 2016

Shortly after finishing with Fiesta Moon I started a new painting, this one based on a black-and-white value study. The subject is a stand of trees, really fairly unexceptional, from a photo taken on an early spring day when the sky was bright blue, the wind fresh, spa...

January 14, 2016

I’ve signed up for an art retreat! Patti Mollica, a painter I admire, promises to show us how to paint fast and loose, something I need to relearn. It’s a full week, just a train ride up the coast, and it doesn’t happen until late next fall – by which timeI’m pretty su...

January 12, 2016

My initial plan for Fiesta Moon was just to brighten and reinforce the colors, maybe play with the effects that years of weathering created, but once I got started I wanted to do more.

 

This piece has always felt unfinished to me, floorcloth or no. I like the crude spla...

January 11, 2016

I took most of today off to shop for new materials: interference colors, translucent inks, gel mediums, liquid colors, and pastels. Then dailyness intervened, and I was unable to start work until late in the day, when I finally dragged Fiesta Moon in off the porch.

 

Fie...

January 8, 2016

How our perceptions can change overnight! What looks lovely at sundown can look entirely different in the morning light. This morning’s peek at the canvas showed me a horrible adolescent rainbow unicorn New Age mess. In trying to bring flat paint to some approximation...

January 7, 2016

Today my painting jumped the shark: knowing that I shouldn’t, I nonetheless introduced some black and white, and I also fell down the rabbit hole of too much detail. Why do we repeat our mistakes, even while knowing that they are mistakes? I’m getting lost in the canva...

January 6, 2016

I’m a big fan of Erin Hanson, a young and ferociously talented oil painter. Today I found and watched several video interviews with her, which were alternately thrilling and validating (we are motivated by many similar things!) and depressing (she’s done a painting a w...

January 6, 2016

Continued painting. Trusting the inspiration, since I have a reference photo but nothing so grand as a plan... I started adding the true colors today, which was scary and confusing, but so far it's working. Despite a disoriented, high-wire feeling at times that I was p...

January 4, 2016

 

One day in the mid-1990s, I walked away from art forever. I moved out of the loft to which I had aspired for so long – the one that a full-time job and draining commute enabled me to afford but that left me scant time for painting – leaving my half-realized work and d...

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