Torn Down and Well Played.

#178 – Tuesday, February 17th

Virtually every painting has its beginning in a snapshot. The images, a point of departure directing an exploration into the wherever. I tape them to the wall where I paint. In a line, then a grid, then on top of each other. Until a time like now. So I thought I’d share these five, torn down, all well played. And now it’s time to start  again.





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Behind A Magic Curtain. Variations Past and Present.

#177 – Tuesday, February 10th

Technology helps, but the process is the same. My lists. Once hand drawn, then typed, now computer generated, an inventory of the studio’s endeavors. My Notes. Scribbled down, haphazard as ever. Here they collide. The synthesis of images and words. Yes, technology has helped, but the process is still the same.

nowwork pages 2

and thenwork pages 2

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Desire And Gratification

# 121 – Tuesday, July 9th.

I walked in with a short list, three tubes of color . . . red oxide, transparent brown oxide, and green-gold. Arizona Art Supply is a dangerous place and regardless of what I need, I exit with a box of lust, a smile, and a diminished bank account.


Brushes are my downfall. At the moment I have sixty-five (I just counted) brights, flats, filberts, rounds and fans. And the new work is all pallet knife, trowel and holders for drawing leads, so my horde of brushes are  fallow sentinels watching my endeavors, seemingly despondent at their lack of use. But there I am caressing hog, ox, squirrel, sable, mongoose, and synthetic bristles and again . . . I’m hooked.  This time a made in Germany, Da Vinci series 5080, three-inch spin flat wash brush . . . irresistible with its black and red lacquered handle and rust-proof steel ferrules . . .


Now for the Da Vinci in action . . . Zinc White troweled over a Van Dyke Brown/Cobalt Violet wash over troweled Titan Buff/Zinc White ground. Green Gold wash on top. Sixty six brushes and counting.

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