Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Post-Modern Druid

Confession: I hug trees... 

A selection of paintings, all from Virginia except the last one which is from the banks of the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio where I now live.











Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In Good Company

Some of my work can be seen in the good company of artists whom I love and admire, in Catherine Kehoe's beautiful collection: Drawings.

Fausto Pirandello, 1899-1975

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Recent Paintings & Monotypes at W&L

Recent work is Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA until December 30. Thirty-some pieces are on view in the McCarthy Gallery in Holekamp Hall, in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics & Government. Opening night was a small reunion. Family, childhood friends, college buddies, artist friends, collectors, and even my teacher from Virginia Tech days, Ray Kass, all turned out to welcome me back to Virginia.

Click on the slideshow to enlarge:

A Painting in Motion

Suzanna Stephens, a student of mine at Ohio Wesleyan University, is responsible for this remarkable visual. She took the photo sequence from a recent posting here and turned them into the time-lapse animation below. Thanks Suzy! If only paintings came off this quickly!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Some Recent Paintings

Morning Landscape, oil on canvas, 18" x 24," 2012 (Sold)

James River, October, oil on canvas, 36" x 36," 2012

Steel Containers in Snow, oil on linen, 22" x 30," 2012 

Yellow Trailer, oil on linen, 22" x 30," 2012 (Sold)

 Cement Culvert Pipes, oil on linen, 22" x 30," 2012 

 Draw-Bridge, oil on canvas, 12" x 15," 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Some Monotypes

Strolling Man, 7" x 5."

Man in Knit Cap, 7" x 5."

Hojos, 6" x 8."

Shopping Mall, 11" x 9."

Road Crew, Night Shift, 9" x 11."

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

18th Century Wisdom

The painter David Levine once said, "There's nothing new but what's been forgotten." Paul Simon sang, "The world is old..." A lot of time has passed since the glaciers receded and many good ideas have been forgotten. A few of those good ideas can be found in used bookstores.

Years ago I found a copy of Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses on Art, delivered as a series of lectures to students at the Royal Academy in London between 1768 and 1792. Reynolds' thought and rhetoric has an almost impenetrable 18th century air about it, but hiding there among the flourishes are wonderful gems of advice. In Discourse XI Reynolds addresses the issue of "finish" and the relationship of the parts of a painting to the whole; in other words, composition.

For an abstract of the essential points of Discourse XI, go to my recent post on Painting OWU, my blog for painting students at Ohio Wesleyan.