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Archive for December 2009

Symbolic Paintings: Enso

December 31, 2009

The enso is a symbol I really like, from a philosophy and culture that really fascinates me. Enso is a simple brushstroke in the form of a circle. (Enso actually means “circle” in Japanese. ) The enso embodies the freedom and simplicity of  being in the moment. I like that in the way it applies […]

Santa Cruz Artspace Tannery Lofts

December 23, 2009

People seem to be curious about where I live. “Do you live in that artists’ commune? You’re part of that artists’ collective in Santa Cruz, right? You live in a tannery?” None of these things are correct, but they’re fair questions, I guess. I live in the Artspace Tannery Lofts, which opened in February 2009. […]

Painting influences: Pyramid Song

December 18, 2009

One of my biggest influences is and probably always will be music. Especially (but not limited to) Pop music. Popular music. Rock and Roll. Whatever you wanna call it. The melodies, hooks, and instrumental solos sometimes give me ideas, but lyrics really give me something to focus on. “Pyramid Song” was released by Radiohead in […]

Pop/Comic Book Influences

December 12, 2009

This is a painting of my good friend Gary, of Phoenix, AZ. He and I have both enjoyed the pop art stylings that come from the comic book world. As a kid, I was an enthusiastic follower of Marvel Comics, and so was he. Now, “comic” book art is truly something special. The medium has […]

Au Gratin…..Centralia, PA

December 9, 2009

I’d heard of  Centralia before, but first read about it in-depth this summer. I was reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods on a plane when I came across his description of it. He stubled upon it on his trek up the Appalacian Trail. It’s a fascinating and tragic place. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/12/underground-coal-fire-centralia-started-1962-burns.php

A Santa Cruz artist enters cyberspace….

December 8, 2009

And into the blogosphere I have been hurled. This blog exists as a place where I can share the paintings I’m working on with others. Folks can give me feedback: constructive for me, perhaps satisfying for you. Plus, since I’m interested in things other than art, occasionally I’ll share thoughts on other enthusiasms as well. […]