works in progress

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Touching the Moon

This is a painting I have been working on for a while.  I think of it as having a sense of impending doom to it.  Something is being anticipated anyway, I think.  I think it was partly inspired by a Winslow Homer painting.

I never have a particular old painting in mind when I start a painting of my own, or rarely, but later I can usually call to mind paintings that I've seen that seem to relate - not usually quite as closely as this!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

the hidden world

The way I think about this painting, it has something to do with those marginalized in society - the poor, the 'mentally ill', the homeless, etc..  It is based on a memory, but it also reminds me a little of Andrew Wyeth's famous painting, Christina's World...
To me, one of the beautiful things about Wyeth's painting, and about mine as well, I hope, is that alongside the feeling of empathy for one of life's victims that the painting seems to want to express, there is something more - admiration for toughness, for eccentricity, for forging one's own path despite being marginalized in some way.

Anna Christina Olson (1893-1968) was a lifelong resident of the Cushing, Maine farm pictured in Christina's World . She had a degenerative muscular disorder (undiagnosed, but sometimes identified as polio) that took away her ability to walk by the late 1920s. Eschewing a wheelchair, she crawled around the house and grounds.

Friday, November 21, 2014