Girl on Beach
In the early 1980's I was in graduate school studying computer science and decided I would try painting. These are three acrylics that I kept. All were copied from pictures I saw in various magazines. None are probably any good, but posting them as a place to start from as I move forward in my journey.
Girl on Beach: I remember I copied this from a postage size picture from a Playboy magazine. (Note: After doing a little digging I discovered the original artist was Patrick Nagel. Nagel's unique gift was his ability to synthesize the traditional "wood block" style prints that are associated with Japanese art and combine them with Art Deco stylings to create a singular and undeniably individual look for his own portraits. )
Last Run: This picture came from Ski magazine. Its supposed to be the last run as the sun is setting behind the mountain.
Orange Sky: No idea where this picture came from, what caught my eye was how the mountain range slowly blended into the cloudscape, and the illusion of mountain ranges never seems to end. I wrote the poem, Polar Fleece, while staring at this picture one evening.
When my daughter was 8 I painted the following mural on her bedroom wall, the real dimensions are 8'x14', you can click on it to see a larger version.
The following three pictures were painted for my final project in my Visual Studies class, for more information see Project Page
The first piece in my series title "VIST" is most heavily influenced by Voices by Gary Haven Smith as I tried to incorporate different voices that I learned in class. Line, shape, block cut, and positive and negative space. I used different materials and techniques. The piece incorporates acrylic paint, acrylic modeling paste, leaves, paper and copper on canvas.
The second piece in the series is titled "SUUD" and was most influenced by Landscape with Letters by Carl Zerbe.
Almost every week we had a set of vocabulary works to look up, terms used in describing and understanding art. This piece is titled "SUUD" and is a landscape of terms. I decided to represent the terms in a series of boxes of contrasting colors, using both positive and negative space to construct the words. I added a color wheel to the center of the piece. The outer ring contains the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and the inner rings are the tint (added white), tone (added gray) and shade (added black) colors. The inner circle is actually mounted on the picture and can be turned to show the complimentary, split-complimentary, triads and tetrad color relationships. The entire piece is dissect with white and black lines, because I find it is human nature to reduce the complexities of life into one of two choices: yes/no, true/false, warm/cool, objective/nonobjective, there seems to be the constant need to compare one thing against another. I used modeling paste to thicken and give body to the paint and tried to added a little sculpture and texture to the piece.
The third piece in the series is titled "ALIES" and was influenced by the last two in the list: Self Portrait by James Aponovich and 11PM by Jennifer Bartlett.
The third piece in the series is a picture of the gardening workstation that I re-purposed in my mud room. Its a place where I most often toss and sort my mail of write notes or reminders. The Aponovich pieces are just so real and detailed, its fun to just stare and slowly take in all the complexities. In the self portrait piece I loved the bulletin board with the pictures, sketches, ideas and in the Bartlett piece I enjoyed to personal notes, capturing a moment in time as the cat is walking by to glance at all the stuff.
The third piece is a single point perspective picture of the table, its painted white and I tried to used different tones of gray to give it a 3-D effect. On the bulletin board I attached the half gray-toned portraits of my journey-mates and a painted recreation of my ideal room. On the table is the first draft of a poem I am writing about my cat "Joey" who has gone missing. In the Barlett piece, she painted her cat walking by the cofee table, she my cat is Missing in Action, I added the poem to the piece.
Unlike the Aponovich and Barlett works, instead of painting the various elements, I chose to attach then right to the canvas, again, this is the "Voices" piece influence.
The titles of the three pieces are: VIST SUUD and ALIES which is an anagram for VISUAL STUDIES
Last Spring (2013) several people from the UK came to visit and we all went to a Fishercats baseball game in Manchester NH, the following are 2 paintings from that day. The first is Dhara, sporting her new Fishercats T-shirt, having a beer later in the evening and the second is Ciaran and the Fishercats mascot. I have also included the picture I based the portraits on.
CIARAN and MAX