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Challenge of the Blank Canvas

The move to the new studio is complete and a blank canvas beckons.

I may have had the vision already and maybe it is yet to come as I work, but every new canvas is an intimidating invitation to creativity.

And not just a blank canvas but also a freshly painted wall and pristine floor.

I am hesitating to get into it. Will what I produce be worthy of all the considerable work, time and expense that it takes to make a satisfactory painting?

"Deadline", lithograph by Norman Rockwell. Printed by me at Atelier Ettinger, 1977.

“Deadline,” hand drawn lithograph by Norman Rockwell. Printed by me at Atelier Ettinger, 1977.


February 1st, 2016|Commentary, What's Happening|0 Comments

Life imitates art

It’s not a big secret that I get inspiration from astronomical pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope and even use them liberally in my digital collage prints. (It’s all ok. They are paid for by tax dollars and therefore in the public domain.)

24x30 Mixed Media on Canvas

24×30 Mixed Media on Canvas

Here is one just released that has made the rounds on the internet because Star Wars.

Read more about the astro phenomena.

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Funny thing is – it looks very much like this painting that I completed a few weeks ago. Am I tuned in to the Force?

I’m sure I will be combining and reworking these images digitally in the near future.

December 22nd, 2015|Commentary, New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments

All things must pass

I guess we all reach an age when simplification, consolidation and downsizing is an appropriate energy dynamic to step into.

I’m a little wary of that because I want to continue expanding my awareness and artistic vision and building new neuro-networks in my aging brain.

None the less, I have decided to give up my studio building and convert it into a rental property.

Our house is very large – we once had 13 people living here – and has been largely unused for a while. I don’t want to move, just make our future more manageable physically and financially.  I am taking over 4 bedrooms (of 7) for a new studio space and – even though it is smaller – it is in some ways better because it can be more compartmentalized with a Clean Room, and separate rooms for tools and for the painting studio. I also have a separate office.

Truth is, there is nothing I was doing in the old studio that I won’t be able to still do in the new studio.  I had a lot of my identity connected to that studio and feel sad to let it go.

Setting up a clean, new space will be exciting.  We’ll see what a literal change in point of view begets.

December 18th, 2015|What's Happening|0 Comments

Fervent Threshold

I tend to think my paintings are more cerebral and spiritual than emotional, but here is one that embodies a bit more of my current emotional state than usual. Sometimes you cross a line and just can’t go back – no matter whether that threshold is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.

This painting’s effects produced 80% by toothbrush, 15% airbrush, 5% deliberate editing of “accidental” process.

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November 18th, 2015|New Work|1 Comment

Red, Yellow, Blue Gyre Suite

These swirling vortexes of red, yellow, and blue exploit a common cliché for making variations on a theme. Here I am follow a tradition in printmaking of bundling similarly themed work into suites.

Better together. Installation view of Red, Yellow, Blue Gyre Suite

Better together. Installation view of Red, Yellow, Blue Gyre Suite

The brush strokes are paint on canvas then photographed and digitally enhanced.  (Everything I know about making a good brush stroke I learned from my work with Peter Max.) The other elements are  galactic Fibonacci spirals, astronomical objects, and naturally occurring examples of  Fractal geometry. These are then combined into original digital images.

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October 27th, 2015|Installations, New Work|0 Comments

Making of Numinous Journey

Follow the progression as this painting unfolds from blank canvas to finished artwork.

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October 8th, 2015|New Work, Video|0 Comments

Cosmic Folklore #2

New work!

Limited Edition signed and numbered giclee print from original digital art.

Purchase here for only $59.

September 29th, 2015|New Work|0 Comments

Why Inyo Studio?

Inyo is a Paiute word for “where dwells the Great Spirit.”

The context for my art work was conceived on a a three-day fasting Vision Quest in the Inyo National Forest in the high desert of California.

Up there alone in the mountains, I was impressed by the vast clear starry night sky and also by the sublime inner source of my own being and felt the oneness of the apparent duality. In a powerful flash of awareness (I can see why someone might say that God has spoken to them directly – it was like that), I was given the medicine name of Light into Being – a name that both exemplifies my art and provides context to my life.

The closing act of a Vision Quest is where one comes back and lives out that vision for the benefit of the people. And I must confess that it took me many, many years to give myself over to the painting.

“A man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see.” –Black Elk

So here I am now, doing that.

I sometimes think I’ll go back to that mountain. I know I could find my special sacred spot, but not so sure I could still make the climb. Then again,  I have a mountain right here in my backyard as well as the etherial one that I carry within – so there is no real need for the trip.

Many have visions – few make them real.  And this art is my visions made physical for my people.

September 20th, 2015|Commentary, What's Happening|0 Comments

Form from Flow

Yeah! Another completed painting. This is turning into a productive year. Here for your enjoyment, contemplation, and perusal is the finished painting that I showed in progress a few weeks ago.

The geometry of the nothingness of space can be described mathematically as an infinite tetrahedral array which weaves the fabric upon which ordinary matter builds the structures we recognize as the physical world. Here the flow of space-time resolves into a primordial tetrahedron amid metaphysical cosmic energy.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. What do you see?

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September 15th, 2015|New Work|0 Comments

Infinite Vortex

In the rush to announce the winning entry earlier this week, I neglected to say anything about why I picked “Fibonacci’s Eye”.

Fibonacci was a 13th century mathematician that popularized the system of written numbers that we use today. He is probably best known now among Sacred Geometry aficionados.

I use many spirals in my artwork and these look best when laid out using mathematical sequences also known as the golden ratio or golden spiral. Fibonacci is well known to me.

In this work from a few years ago, the circles are imbedded in hidden spirals. The center of each circle is plotted on a spiral and the size of each circle also follows in Fibonacci progression.

The progression also has roots in the metre in Sanskrit poetry.

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September 5th, 2015|Commentary, What's Happening|0 Comments