Day Seventeen - Over There

Thomas Edison's last words were:

"It's very beautiful over there."


All kinds of things are imagined, heard, and observed

about over there...and still, I am simply here.


Day Sixteen - Backstory

I tend to be curious about what is behind the main event.

What happened leading up to this?

How does a person become the way they are?

How does taste develop?

Why do we choose one thing over another?

How do situations escalate?

FEB 2018 30 in 307.jpg

Day Twelve - Church

Homage to Pattern & Decoration Painting...

Consumed by the church of contemplative painting. There can be no slacking off in this "30 in 30" painting challenge if am to stick with the daily posting. I began the daily painting process during the last week of January--working quite small in order to get a little ahead of myself, but returning to a larger format is more time-consuming. Still, I seem to prefer a more spacious meadow to roam in





Day Nine - Tumbleweed Study #2

About 20 years ago I was driving out west and entered a tumbleweed storm--a multitude of the weedy nests blew about the two-lane road and one even dared to startle me by bouncing off my windshield. Sometimes blowing about aimlessly is not such a bad thing. The process of making this painting was a bit like that.

FEB 2018 30 in 304.jpg

Day Seven - Party of Three

Just outside of Buffalo in East Aurora is the home of the Roycroft Artisans Community,

established in 1895 by Elbert Hubbard, who is quoted with these three phrases:

"To escape criticism--do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."


Groupings of three just tend to feel right...

Three is the first true number.

Three forms the triangle.


Three signifies...

harmony, wisdom, understanding

past, present, future

birth, life,  death

beginning, middle, end



Day Six - Pink Tower

Dreaming of France is the title of a new book by my friend, Kerry Tepperman Campbell. I just ordered a copy from Amazon. Published by Blue Light Press, the writing is described as "sensual & imaginative transcendence" and "impossible to categorize," both inspired notions to assign to any work of art. My pink tower is a tribute to these ideas.



Day Five - Aqua Wheels

The wheel is an ancient symbol that combines

the meaning of the circle as wholeness or completion

with the element of movement or passing away

that is captured in the wheel's turning...

the wheel of life.

FEB 2018 30 in 303.jpg

Day Three - Red Chair

1950s vinyl and chrome chairs are generally appealing (to me). I have black ones that are not real vintage--rather knockoffs that go nicely with the vintage yellow Formica and chrome kitchen table. I'm really more of an abstract painter, but these first few posts needed the grounding of an actual thing. I have a drawer full of material for that purpose...collected over time. I have experimented with drips in the last year. I may need to post just about drips, as there is a lot to say. And another post about the saved collage material could also be of interest. Note.

FEB 2018 30 in 30.jpg

The Journey - Day Two

I often begin a painting with a fragment or two of printed matter, paper, or fabric pasted onto the surface--not so much in the spirit of making a collage, as I often nearly paint over these elements, but they give me a point of departure. This piece began with a silhouette of a horse. I do not ride horses or have a particular connection to the animal, but I am drawn to the symbolic possibilities--unrestrained freedom, power, and movement.