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Posts Tagged ‘painting

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 […]

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 […]

“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!

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 […]

A Murder of Crows

January 25, 2010

This is the most recent painting, finished just last month. The title comes from the old expression of a group of animals, “a gaggle of geese”, “a school of fish”, etc. A group of crows is the deliciously sinister “murder of crows”. The exact metaphor I’m using here I won’t spell out for you readers, […]

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 […]

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. […]