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Gallery Representation at Xanadu Gallery

Xanadu Gallery of Scottsdale, Arizona has accepted my work. Not only that, they selected my recent painting Soul Mates #7 for the cover of their latest catalogue and prominently on their homepage.

Xanadu Gallery is all about selecting outstanding and eclectic art work.  In the legendary city of Xanadu (from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem) Kubla Kahn gathered the finest art and treasures from the farthest reaches of his vast kingdom.

With a philosophy like that, I am honored to be represented by Xanadu Gallery.

Go to the page of my work available for purchase from them.

November 7th, 2016|Commentary, Publicity, What's Happening|0 Comments

Reproductions Available

By popular demand (Joe Popular of Nyack, NY demanded it), I am making my recent painting, Soul Mates #7, available as a reproduction for affordable purchase by the rabid fans of  The Mindstream, the up and coming prog-pop/space-blues/rock musicians that commissioned their debut album cover art from me.

I am happy to make these reproductions available to my followers, too.

Reproductions are being produced by Fine Art America and are available in a variety of formats and can be delivered framed or unframed.

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Depending on how this endeavor is received, I expect to make more of my paintings available as reproductions in the future. Any particular painting you would like to see?

July 12th, 2016|Commentary, Publicity, What's Happening|0 Comments

Worlds Apart

Sometimes the internet works to bring about serendipitous connections and even cross promotions.

A while ago, I commented on a video posted on Facebook for the emerging band The MindstreamTheir lyrics held similar sentiments to my thoughts about my series of artworks about real and imagined Soul Mates.

They, in turn, liked my art and likewise saw the connection and so commissioned me to produce the cover for their debut album. Very nice.

So I painted a special SoulMates (#7 – pictured above) with their song Worlds Apart in mind.

This is what I said about painting Soul Mates:

In Quantum Physics there is a phenomenon called Quantum Entanglement which I think – metaphorically and perhaps actually – corresponds to the experience of the Soul Mate in that in each phenomenon the components are paired so that one can no longer be completely described without reference to its counterpart – even at such degrees of separation that common logic assures that any contact or communication is impossible.

And here are the lyrics to the song Worlds Apart:

Boundaries unseen, the great distance between
Across a canvas of eternity
Cold stars are piercing my side

Your thoughts reach out a distant connection
In return your eyes meet my reflection
Crystal spheres collide

We might come from distant corners of the galaxy
But that doesn’t mean you’re worlds apart from me

All the stars are eyes and they’re looking at us
Will we be controlled by their reactions
Or will you follow your heart

Their rules and traditions are too demanding
All of space is constantly expanding
Will they tear us apart

We might come from distant corners of the galaxy
But that doesn’t mean you’re worlds apart from me
There might be a gap of all eternity
But that doesn’t stop your love from reaching me

It’s really about Not Worlds Apart, though – don’t you think? Just like Soul Mates are never really separate from each other.

I  listened to that track over and over as made the painting. I was very impressed with the studio mixing – so much more refined, layered and clearer than the rather rough club video I first heard.

Give The Mindstream a listen here.  And take a closer look at Soul Mates #7 here.

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June 28th, 2016|New Work, Publicity, What's Happening|0 Comments

Waking Up

Did I slip into a parallel universe? I woke up today and things have changed.  Apparently I have a cat.

And a teenage granddaughter living with me.

Too many cars in my driveway. My studio building has been converted into a rental property and people are living there – my daughter and family. They’ve got dogs and puppies. Do you think I can borrow a dog to go up the mountain with me like I so fondly remember doing with my dog?

Speaking of the mountain – Someone built a house up there. Not too close to us, but in the way of my usual excursion. The nerve of some people.

I don’t recognize the painting in my new studio. Did I paint that? Things seem a bit cramped in there. I keep telling myself that there is nothing I could do in the old studio that I can’t do here. Except that the sink isn’t hook up.

I am going to have to rebuild my model railroad. It was in the loft of the old studio and now that’s gone.

In my field (I guess it’s a barnyard now) there are 3 pigs, 4 goats, 18 chickens, and a duck. And gates where there didn’t used to be any.

Things seem to be closing in on me. I’m now officially retirement age though I have been retired on disability for several years.

Mary Ann is calling me. “David! Stop playing with the goats and get to work!”

She always could cut to the heart of the matter.

April 10th, 2016|What's Happening|0 Comments

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