Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Radiant One

This one I was working on for several days, as you can maybe see from the texture of the paint in the photo & the visible layers. The eyes are not quite to my satisfaction, but I think the piece works. I either hit a wall on this one, or went through a door...
The Radiant One, 2016, acrylic on MDF, 9" diameter.

In situ with leaf

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Heaven & Hell Revisited

A short while ago I uploaded 2 small circular paintings (tondos), one with tiny figures (Doomed Souls), the other more of a "landscape" scene (Blue Heaven). It bothered me that they weren't more equivalent in nature, so I've made a new "heaven" piece (All the Stars in Heaven) as a replacement for the previous one. I hope this doesn't confuse anyone...
Doomed Souls, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter approx.

All the Stars in Heaven, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter approx.


Attack on Babel

I've recently started painting on MDF (medium density fiberboard) since I discovered 9" diameter circular (and other shapes/sizes) surfaces useful for painting made out of the stuff. Here is another Babel variation (of many) for your perusal. More paintings of this style in the pipeline, most likely.

Attack on Babel, 2016, acrylic on MDF, 9" diameter.

Attack on Babel, work-in-progress.

Monday, September 19, 2016

From the Spiral Sea

I always wanted to draw (or paint) the Renaissance hair, as seen in works by Botticelli or Leonardo (and others of course), the flowing, curling, spiraling hair...this is my attempt to do that. Not too bad, I may do some other pieces in this direction...

From the Spiral Sea, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 24" x 18".

Digitally contrast-enhanced version

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Forest Series

This is a series of 4 drawings and a small round (tondo) painting from this week, all on the "forest" theme.
In the Forest, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 24" x 18".
Queen of the Forest, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 24" x 18".
Child of the Forest, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 24" x 18".
Soul of the Forest, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 24" x 18".

The Forest, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter approx.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Little City of the Red Night

Just a throwaway, more or less. I've been doing a lot of fairly detailed drawings, so this was a little painting as an antidote to that. Came out quite well, considering, & contains a Burroughs reference just because.

Little City of the Red Night, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter, approx.

And the digitally altered (faux woodcut) version:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Heaven & Hell

As promised (previous post), here is another pairing related to Good & Evil, Heaven & Hell. They came out less as archetypal iconic images, which was the original intention, but more as quirky, off-kilter personal meditations on the themes, which might actually be a better result...

Blue Heaven, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter approx.

Doomed Souls, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter approx.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Good & Evil

I've always liked to tackle the big, eternal subjects (war, death, human rights, 7 deadly sins, etc.), so here is another one: good & evil. Twin small tondos (maybe I should do larger versions?), done over the course of 2 or 3 days, so they went through a number of different phases. Next: Heaven & Hell...

Good, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter approx.

Evil, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter approx.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bejeweled

A new small tondo (round) painting, this one took quite a long time to create, as you may be able to tell from the density and layers of the paint. It's a nod in the direction of Fernand Khnopff, the Belgian Symbolist.

Bejeweled, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Maid of the Mountains

Another new ink drawing. This time, I'm taking the size of the piece down a notch, which makes it slightly easier to complete in a timely fashion.

Maid of the Mountains, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 24" x 18".







Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Four

A new drawing of four figures. I don't have much to say about this one, though hopefully it has much to say for itself.

Four, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 28.5" x 22.5".


Reaching for the Edge

Another new large-ish drawing. The figures are becoming a bit looser, I think (which I'm happy about).

Reaching for the Edge, 2016, brush & ink/wash on paper, 28.5" x 22.5".

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Ancient Tomb

With this small acrylic tondo I was aiming for a Bocklinesque (the painter of the Island of the Dead) atmosphere...evoking a nocturnal, haunting sense of mystery, with suspense and yet tranquility. Whether I succeeded in all of that or not, I think it works as an interesting piece.

The Ancient Tomb, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 6.75" diameter.

Spidery

This is another tiny tondo (circular painting) I've done recently. This one is a little grotesque, but because it's so small, has an endearing quality. I'm presenting it below in simulated actual size (depending on your monitor resolution, etc.) and in a larger version. I think the larger one holds up pretty well.

Spidery, 2016, acrylic on plywood, 2.6" diameter, approx.

Spidery, enlarged version.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tiny Babel

A miniature version of the Tower of Babel, which struck me as amusing. This took a couple of days to complete, as it went through numerous changes. I scanned this into the computer directly...I think it actually looks better in real life, but was too small for me to take a photo successfully. I have presented the piece on this page at around actual size (on my screen at least, your mileage may vary).

Tiny Babel, 2016, acrylic on plywood oval, 3.25" x 2.25" approx.