Just Paint on Canvas

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

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.

Read more about the painting.

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

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

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.

Details and purchase information for this painting.

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

Work in Progress

I know I want this to be one of my triangle based paintings. Here I am trying to decide how I want to orient the triangle. That’s a piece of paper I am holding in front of the canvas that enables me to better visualize various alignments.

Sometimes I know before I start a painting what it will look like, and sometimes – like here – it evolves before me as if it were emerging from a fog in my awareness. I can see clearly where my next step is and perhaps a few few steps on ahead. But beyond that I can’t see yet, but I know when I get there I’ll see the path ahead for a few steps more.

August 21st, 2015|Commentary, In Progress|0 Comments

Title this Work, Win a Print

Sometimes the hardest part in creating art is coming up with a good title that is engaging and gives insight into my process or invites contemplation. I’m looking for fresh titles.

So…

Give your ideas for a title for this print. Winner is entirely up to me and will receive a free print provided they have a domestic USA shipping address. (No need to give your address, unless you are the winner.)

Enter your suggestions in the comments. Contest runs simultaneously on my blog and Facebook page. There will be one winner chosen on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Details about this work including winning title and purchase information.

August 16th, 2015|Commentary, New Work, What's Happening|4 Comments

Just Paint on Canvas

Have you ever had the insight that a dollar bill has absolutely no inherent value or meaning other than what we attribute to it? It’s just some ink on a rather small piece of paper.

Even the patterns of the ink on the paper – the numbers, words and pictures – only have meaning when we agree that they do.

Have you read art reviews wherein the critic elaborates upon this or that aspect of a painting, adding significance to the subject matter and technical aspects of the painting down to the choice of color, that flourish of a brushstroke, and that seemingly accidental drip over there? They might say the work is derived from some important thing and indicative of a new trend and has great social implications.

And maybe this was all part the artist’s intent – or more likely not – but it’s all true now. Because that meaning has been assigned to the painting by an authority.

The Treachery of Images, René Magritte, "This is not a pipe."

This is not a pipe, it’s just paint on canvas. “The Treachery of Images,” – René Magritte

People seem to want me to talk about the meaning in my paintings. Believe me, I put a lot in there. I  even try to infuse the energy of what it means to me so strongly that any viewer will get a sense of it. But I often say that there is no meaning except what you as the observer bring to the work from your own consciousness.

After all, the painting is akin to the dollar bill and is just paint on canvas, with no meaning except that which we assign to it.

What about the cosmos? Do you think there is any meaning out there beyond what we puny humans attach to it?

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