Tuesday, August 27, 2019

New Babel

This is a teaser preview of a forthcoming augmented reality (like virtual reality, but combined with actual visibly real elements and viewed via a handheld device such as a mobile phone or tablet) installation intended for Union Square Park, NYC for October 2019. More information & images to follow. Below is a simulation of the piece inserted into Google Earth 3D view. My daughter, Lizzie, created the tower (Tower of Knowledge) in Fusion 360, btw, based on my original drawing. The globe hovering (rotating) above the tower is textured with the painting we used on my wife's book, A New Global Agenda. In the final version, the tower will not have the golden texture seen below, but a painted one.

New Babel, simulation of augmented reality installation

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Fisher Kings...

In a strange & unexpected coincidence I seem to have 2 drawings on the subject of the Fisher King (from Arthurian/Grail mythology) coming out in published books shortly. There is no apparent connection between the 2 books, which I will feature here when I get them. Stay tuned on that...meanwhile, here are the images. The second one has been digitally colored.

The Fisher King, 2011, brush & ink on paper, 10" x 8"

The Fisher King, 2012, ink on paper with digital coloring, original size 14" x 11"

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New Dawn Fades

A new oil painting on panel. The title is borrowed from a Joy Division song, & I think they might have borrowed it from William Burroughs (?). Reality dissolves. I might do more work on this.

New Dawn Fades, 2019, oil on panel, 20" x 16"

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Storm Over Mountains

Another small new oil painting on panel (the canvas textured kind). I'm trying to extend the creation time of my paintings to give more depth to them...using liquin to speed up drying time & also put glazes on the work.

Storm Over Mountains, 2019, oil on panel, 6" x 8"

The One Who Couldn't Stop Evolving

Another new oil painting on plywood panel, this figurative piece depicts a being in a constant state of evolution...which might not be a bad idea for all of us (?)

The One Who Couldn't Stop Evolving, 2019, oil on panel, 20" x 16"

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Venus Melancholy

This is a new small painting on canvas panel, hence the visible texture in the photo. I want to give this painting a day or two, as it may be done or may need more work. It's often better to sleep on it rather than overdo (or underdo) a painting.

Note: I've updated this posting with the final version (upper image).

Venus Melancholy (final version), 2019, oil on panel, 10" x 8"

Venus Melancholy, 2019, oil on panel, 10" x 8".

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Egg Man and Comet Boy

These are two similar pieces that I did in the last few days. I actually started the painting first, then while waiting for the first layer of oil paint to dry I made the drawing, then I went back and finished the painting. While they have notable structural similarities, they are also quite different. I would find it difficult to choose between them as to which I preferred.

Comet Boy, 2019, oil on panel, 16" x 12"

The Egg Man, 2019, ink on illustratoin board, 20" x 16"

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Manipulator of the World

This is a new painting on plywood panel done in oil paint. I tend not to paint in oil during the colder months, as my studio is expensive to heat, so it's easier to work inside with acrylics. This is from some new oil paintings I'm working on at the moment. I took the photo while the paint was still wet, and you can see that in parts, such as the upper left blue sky, where the light is reflecting off the liquin (glazing/drying agent) I used with the paint.

Manipulator of the World, 2019, oil on panel, 14" x 11"

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Book of Revelations

This is something I'm currently tinkering with...to produce the series of paintings of The Book of Revelations as an actual publication, with some kind of narrative text(s). It will probably be a long, slow process, so don't expect anything anytime soon. This is just a teaser of what the cover might look like.

The Book of Revelations

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Man Transforming Into a Landscape

Channeling my inner Bonnard/Matisse in this small new painting...

Man Transforming Into a Landscape, 2019, acrylic on panel, 11" x 7.5"

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Storm Over Spire

The Tower of Babel seems to be as good a metaphor as ever of human striving & human arrogance, which is why I've used it repeatedly in the past, so it of course makes an appearance in the Book of Revelations...(see previous posts)

Storm Over Spire, 2019, acrylic on panel, 9" diameter

The Angel of the Revelation

Since the world (the one we actually live in) has allegedly only about 10 years to go until at least widespread systemic collapse (no joke), I'm working on the Book of Revelations to try & avoid the disaster...which may not be much, but it's something. Here's an Angel to try & save things...

The Angel of the Revelation, 2019, acrylic on panel, 14" x 11"

The Madman in Red (the Sun)

This is one of the "jokers in the pack" as it were...for the Book of Revelations...

The Madman in Red (the Sun), 2019, acrylic on panel, 12" x 12"

The Plains of Megiddo

Another small acrylic painting from the "Book of Revelations" as I've decided to call it...this is a reference of course to Armageddon, the Final Battle, which you can read about on Wikipedia here.

The Plains of Megiddo, 2019, acrylic on panel, 8" x 10"

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Destroyer

Another painting from the "Book of Revelations" series, this one done in basically monochrome hues. The giant figure looming over the world theme is one I've dealt with several times before...

Destroyer, 2019, acrylic on panel, 20" x 16"