Monday, February 15, 2010

Bill Watterson Dinosaurs!

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently published a short email interview with artist Bill Watterson. You know, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes! It got me thinking about what Mr. Watterson may or may not be doing with his artistic spare time these days. I assume (or at least fervently hope) that he continues to paint for himself. Since he no longer needs to earn a living he can enact the motto of recluse pianist Glenn Gould who said the best artist to audience ratio is 1 to 0.
I thought about his painting of dinosaurs that graced the back cover of his "Lazy Sunday Book" collection, but was unable to find an example posted on the internet. Shame on you Bill Watterson fans! So here it is.
(click on the image to view it larger)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The light

All those fires in my paintings have gone away. Recently what I've noticed is that I'm creating that same weird warm limited light source but as if it were emanating directly from the point of view, as if I or the viewer were illuminating the scene simply by looking at it. Like my imagination is itself a light, and to prove it I only have to paint it. It's a little weird but I like it. I think I'll see where it takes me. Or what it shows me.