The Triumphant Return Of An Ordinary Distortion Tuesday

#139 – Tuesday, January 14th


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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

A Simple View – The Haphazard Affair – Lost Red

#43 – Tuesday, January 10th

A simple view of why I love the Southwest. Hiking the Upper Sonoran Desert, in January.

Beginning is a haphazard affair. This one starts in graphite and charcoal. Spritzed with water to get the charcoal in motion, and a wash of Aureolin Hue (an earthy yellow). These last few canvases have blasted out with a profusion of color and decidedly active compositions. An exciting jump into the exploration they promise to provide.

From last week’s post . . . another red . . . that makes a total of five. This canvas titled “Sparrow Field . . .” is from two thousand six , and I have to say, another painting with a decidedly active composition.

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