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First Friday Santa Cruz: Opening Exhibit @ Pacific Trading Co.

May 5, 2011

Hola, one and all: come see “As the Crow Flies”, a collection of nineteen of my paintings. They shall be at: Pacific Trading Co., 1224 Pacific Ave., in Santa Cruz. I’ll be there from 6-8pm each First Friday in May and June (May 6 & June 3) They’ll be up for all of May and […]

Figure Painting

March 10, 2011

I haven’t shown or published a ton of figurative work. During college (Towson University, 1988-1992!) I made figure drawings ’til I was blue in the face. Thanks Stuart Stein, Carmen Robb, Jose Villarubia! (et al.)You all made me practice, practice, practice! It’s not that I don’t love the human figure…..here’s another piece: I especially love […]

Abstract Expressionism? Or just art?

March 1, 2011

I finished this one last week. Actually, this has three siblings; it belongs to a series of four. Back in October, the Santa Cruz Open Studios event went on, and I sold a bunch of small paintings on paper. Inspired by commerce, I decided to make some variations on the themes found in those pieces. […]

Route 66: Nostalgic Acrylic Paintings

March 1, 2011

Here are some paintings I worked on during the summer of 2010. The challenges I gave myself were two simple ones: work in a series, and choose a theme with broad appeal. As usual, I’ve been adding a lot of layers of paint and plenty of texture. The partial shape of the “state route” shield […]

Santa Cruz muralist Elijah Pfotenhauer

March 15, 2010

One of the best things about living here at Santa Cruz’s Artspace Tannery Lofts is the variety and quality of people you interact with daily. For me personally, it’s great because I love painting, cinema, music, books, sculpture and a myriad of other arts. Who do I live with in this community? Writers, filmmakers, dancers, […]

“As the Crow Flies” opening at the Mill Gallery, Santa Cruz

March 10, 2010

Here are some photos from the opening of “As the Crow Flies” at the Mill Gallery last Friday. Thanks to Lucas Clark for the swell pics!

Large format painting: Life

March 4, 2010

Here’s one of the first large format paintings I ever did. This spurred on a number of 48X48s, as well as a number of other traits I’m currently painting. The grid first showed up here…I used it to help me divide the canvas into panels that could each feature an idea or theme. The texture […]

Painting Series: As the Crow Flies

March 4, 2010

Tomorrow Friday, March 5th, is the first Friday in March. I’m having an opening at the Mill Gallery in downtown Santa Cruz, As the Crow Flies. It’s a collection of my most recent paintings plus some older ones. Tomorrow’s also First Friday, and many of the shops and galleries will be featuring local artists. Here’s […]

How do you make an abstract painting, anyway?

February 16, 2010

While I’m on the subject lately of painting techniques, I thought I’d present one of my newer paintings. “Crow Song” is another in the series of “Black Eyed Angels”. As usual, click on an image for a closer look. While I was using the metaphor of crows, I was reminded of Sting’s tune, All This […]

How to make an abstract painting with texture

February 11, 2010

After awhile, I got a little bored with painting traditional-style paintings. I started adding texture to the mix to make things interesting. Click on these photos for some close ups- then you’ll really see the texture. Here’s the basic process: Assuming you’re all ready with a canvas that’s all stretched, gessoed and ready to go….apply […]