Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Temple of Zeus
Acrylics on masonite, box framed (24 x 32")...$2500
This one took a month and remains one of my favorites; it's hung in my living rooms since I painted it in 1972. To me, it represents both the order and chaos in the universe, and how some things may look reasonable but they turn out to be nothing but illusion, and pass. Often when I painted something like this, I had no preconceived image in mind, I let the work flow intuitively.
Wupatki Indian Ruins
pencil on paper.....[Not For Sale]
Some of the Native American ruins in the southwest were estimated to be cities housing thousands, like Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, which was thought to be a domed city holding 5000 people. This one in Arizona was merely a castle sized building with maybe 30-50 rooms. It's now being turned into a beautiful sculpture by wind, water, and time. I think this is my favorite drawing that I've done.
Monday, January 4, 2010
New Orleans Levee
I was there for Mardi Gras, and many people camped out along the levee here. The boat in the distance was for people who could afford to take a luxury liner to New Orleans for four days, they slept on the boat. One night it fell below freezing, and the best churches opened their doors for sleeping, so I then slept in the cathedral near Plaza de Armas. This levee at the Governor Nicholls Street Wharf protects the French Quarter from flooding
Cell Series 2000 #1, watercolor pen
I've never worked with watercolor pens before, maybe because they didn't exist. I thought I'd give them a try and was surprised by the vibrant colors. I started drawing cells from microscopes in botany class in college. The first was pine tree cells, most of the rest were imaginary. I imagine them having an autonomous life, and sometimes they escape their boundaries and become explorers.
pencil on handmade paper
[Not For Sale]
Spent a month on this 18x24" portrait of an ex-gf and fellow artist. Friends would come by daily to check on the progress. I used handmade French paper ($5 a sheet in 1970 and more durable like cloth) so I could I erase and redraw as often as needed. I did one eye six times and the mouth four times before getting it all right. Since it's my best portrait (of over 500 I've done), I've never been able to part with it.
Homage to Canaletto
watercolor on paper...NFS
The first Italian Renaissance painting I saw in the flesh was by Canaletto, a giant masterpiece of an Italian city, piazza, and the harbor. I did this small tribute in my own way, with calligraphic watercolor.
Navajo Madonna (large version), charcoal pencil..NFS
This was the first of eight drawings of this Navajo girl (from a photograph by American master Edward Curtis in the late 1800's), and was actually done on watercolor paper, intending this to become a watercolor. I have two remaining, six others are in private collections. She has the most incredible eyes I've ever seen, and "eyes are the window to the soul".
Sunday, January 3, 2010
acrylics (5 x 7 ft)... $5,000
Based on a painting by Raphael
This wall-sized painting is something I'd like to sell (I've had it 38 yrs, time to pass it on), but shipping is impossible, it would have to be trucked to its final location! Maybe someone in the 'Deep South' would like to make an offer? It's edged with lattice for protection and hanging in my living room as you see it, hence the bad lighting. $5000 (or best offer) I have better photos on 35mm slides, which I haven't scanned yet as I don't have a slide scanner. This was created from a drypoint etching
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Flying Over Athens
I had a pilot friend that could do aerobatics (stunts), and we'd go flying over Athens, Ga. where we lived. Often friends would say they had seen us above, in the yellow bi-plane, doing stunts over the city. It was great, never felt queasy as centrifugal force makes you always feel upright, its the world that moves around you, under, side, then above! He like to shut the engine down, then kick it on about 500 feet above ground, about as close as you can get - you have one chance from that low. The guy who rented us the plane said "This guy is nuts!"
Navajo Madonna 2
small version, pencil on paper....NFS
(From a photo by Edward Curtis)
My guide for these portraits are numerous Renaissance portrait drawings, I have books of these and have spent years studying them.
Street People Laughing, Athens, GA (detail)
1969, pen and ink on paper... $200
These were some homeless guys I would regularly photograph and pay as models. Most lost their jobs, then their wives left them, so their circumstances were not of their own creating. It was during the Nixon years, yet another recession, high oil prices due to an oil embargo, and he implemented wage and price freezes, which just caused prices to skyrocket when lifted. In my lifetime, I can't remember a time of economic prosperity when a Republican was president other than Eisenhower, and even he warned of the "growing power and influence of the military-industrial complex" in his farewell address to the nation.