Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Last Two Paintings

These are the last two paintings that will be included in the April Show at the Attic Gallery (opens this Thursday, April 1st, 6-9pm)
The slides didn't turn out perfectly. There's a bit of glare on them but it's too late now to reshoot. No big deal. I wasn't sure I'd put them on the website anyway. But for the 6 followers of this blog (!) and for my personal record, here they are:

"River Crossing" 33" x 43"

"Birch Grove" 32" x 42"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Show opening April 1st

Here's a flyer for my show which opens April 1st at the Attic Gallery.
All the details are on the flyer.
click on it to view larger.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Teleconference Doodles

I have a day job that has nothing to do with my art. It eats up a lot of time and that's part of the reason I rarely sketch. But late last week I had to sit in on a teleconference to which I had little (i.e. nothing) to add. So for the hour plus that it took I doodled. It was a lot like high school in a way.

(ballpoint pen on copy machine paper)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Horror movies and Van Gogh

I have little to no press concerning my work, so I put together a little press release (only my second ever) for my upcoming show and got this sweet little blurb in the online version of the Portland Mercury:

"New paintings from an artist who's been haunting the local scene for a decade. His paintings fall somewhere between a horror movie backdrop and Vincent Van Gogh, playing with light on starry, shadowy nights."

I like it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Narrative Art

(I jotted this down a couple weeks ago on some scrap paper while painting):

"I am and always will be, unapologetically, a narrative artist. Life itself is an unfolding narrative event. Those who think story telling is beneath the dignity of visual art have lost touch with it’s original purpose."

Some art critics are dismissive of narrative art, presumably because they are intellectually stuck in the pretentious post-modern mid-twentieth century. Or they think that the effort to imply a story through art is some kind of a cop-out of artistic intention. I should think that at least one of the primary goals of any verbal story teller is to create images in the mind of the listener or reader. Just so, one of my goals as an image maker is to create stories in the mind of the viewer. Nothing is more vital than story-telling. Stories are how we derive meaning.