One of the current themes I am working on concerns my interest in birds…Birds of all kinds, but I have a particular interest in Crows and Ravens. They are fascinating creatures..very smart and possess a lot of attitude.
I have done a number of paintings and drawings of crows and they are usually rendered in red against the night sky or a stormy atmosphere…Some of these works are quite large on Arches paper…60”-72” ….and they are sometimes just pinned or stapled to the wall. The reason for showing them in red as opposed to their normal, very handsome bluish-black, is strickly and abstract decision to highlight them agaist a dark ground. They look good red…they seem even more mysterious then they normally are.
There are a number of images on the site of this work and I would be interested in any comments.
I have been shooting images of the Road between Aspen and Los Angeles for the past several years in an effort to put together a series that defines that trip in an informing and artistic manner.
I chose to shoot this series since early 2011 on the iPhone using a couple of specific filters with the Hipstamatic camera App. I chose this camera and filters because I wanted a rougher looking image than the more refined images I would get with a standard camera. I am a painter and I wanted these photographs to have the look of paintings.
From hundreds of images filed over some 40 trips back and forth to Santa Monica I have finally edited the group and just recently printed 25 of the images.
So I was fine with the grainier, more atmospheric look of these prints. It is exactly the look I want…horrors say the purist! Think painting.
I have printed most of these Archival Digital Prints on Epson Luster Paper and they measure 36”x36”, with a few at 24”x24”.
As I put the group together and realised,again how important weather and an active sky can be to making these images “work”, I began to recognize the fact that all my work in all media have one overriding element in common and that is they all have a very important focus on the sky. Atmoshere has always been a big source of inspiration for me and of course that has translated into an ongoing ,sometimes unconscious attention to the sky, night, day, at the edges, whenever.
Many are on the Web site and we hope to do a show of this group in the near future.
I would love to hear your comments.
This will be my first entry on the Blog on the newly redesigned Web site and I will be adding entries periodically that revolve around my artmaking and the various influence on that artmaking and general goings-on. Comments will always be welcome.
Special thanks to Kelly Aford for the design of the site and to Jennifer Swanson for the actual construction of thel site. Well done… Thank you very much..
Theres a lot going on in the studio right now and I am working on several concurrent series of work that at times seem all over the place to me but ,hey…I have to go with the flow. Its drawing, painting and camera work… and all of it seems to have a common thread …and that is my ongoing interest in the natural world and in the natural sciences.
Those two interests drive every thing I produce as an artist.
This site covers my work since the mid ‘90s and you will see those interests manfested in the work whether in the geometric work, the Night Skies, the Icebergs, the LIghtning, or the Fire series or in the more recent work concerning birds and thier habitat.
So please check in once in a while and see whats going on down here in the Basalt Studio…and elswhere
So if you are at the Music Festival maybe you have come to the site because of the Ad I placed in the 2013 Summer Program? Would be great to know if thats a fact.