(Above: new drawing, nu-pastel on paper.)
I have no idea how I get so behind on writing this BLOG. I think about it, take photos and yet just don’t seem to find the time to get it all organized.
Paintings? Yes, working on new paintings and always trying to experiment with departures from what might be the norm from my style.
(Above: new oil on canvas of Golden Gate Park on a spring day.)
Although, I do realize that if one looks close, there really is no departure at all. I am always aware of not wanting to do the same thing over and over. I am also aware that there is a perception that an artist should be identified with a style from a commercial perspective, however, I am also aware of the pitfalls of formula painting. It is a tough choice sometimes… I just follow the need to paint or draw a subject that is in front of me. And probably like every artist hopeful that at some point it will “be the one from the heart”. Other artists will understand that statement.
(Above: painting in progress, new series about the invisibility of women in America as they age)
(Above: new drawing, Transformation, nu-pastel and pastels on paper.)
I remember the first time I saw Michelangelo’s David. To be specific, it was August 1. I was a vagabond hippie art student traveling for the first time in Europe. The point is, I was taken by a statement that a friend I had made along the way, Sally (an artist), from London, made to me; “The look in his eyes are as if seeing as far as one can”. Obvious to anyone who has ever seen this work, it is from love and the heart. Did Michelangelo ever think he had created the perfect work? Unclear.
After the earthquake and then followed with the nuclear disaster in Japan, like many my thoughts have been there. I put aside what I was working on and had to make an expression. I did an abstract, it is called Radiation, oil on canvas.