Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Door To The Universe

Earth Door - 2012 - acrylic on canvas - 18 x 24 inches

I have not done one of these types of paintings in a while. This one was done especially for a documentary that will feature my artwork as I talk about my life and the creative process as a cosmic surrealist. The filmmaker is Patrick Lowe and will feature an original score by his brother Greg Lowe. The film is produced by MTS On Demand and will be out in March and will alse be playing  the film festival circuit.

Patrick filmed the whole process of me creating this painting, the experience of which was a bit odd for me but it all turned out well. The idea for this painting actually originates from 1999-2000 and I had wanted to paint it ever since.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Alternate Universe

 Alternate Universe - 2012 - pencil crayon - 9 x 12 inches

Here we go. Here is the other drawing I was mentioning in my previous post and below are a few images of the drawing in progress. The one immediately below is one that actually looks finished Well, it was, or at least I thought it was. But there were a few things bothering me I found out so I had to go back to the drawing board. See if you can spot the differences.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lets Go For A Walk

 A Stroll Outside In - 2012 - 9 x 12 inches - pencil crayon on paper

I have not done many of these lately. By these, I mean this realm of SF / Fantasy NAK work I do in pencil crayon. ( yes I know this is not a painting, so why is it in my new paintings blog? ) They occupy a certain distinct style that is separate from my other work and even separate from my other SF work. I suppose it's a curvilinear form with their bold outlines, simple shapes and bright bold colors that are some of their features.  I have averaged creating three in about 2.5 years and it was years years ago since I added to this world which started around 1985. I have some others that are currently penciled out, so hopefully I will get them done sooner than later.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Nephelim Dimension

 Self Portrait - previous incarnation as a Nephelim - Sept 2012 - acrylic on canvas - 12 x 16 in.

Here are two new paintings that came out of nowhere. I did not plan these. I just wanted to paint without any preconceived notions of where the painting will take me. I start with a line down the center then I start to paint arced lines or spaces. I've done many paintings this way. They all turn out differently with most becoming part of a family or group of work called meta figures. These all seem to mirror the notion of our meta-selves through geometric and energistic patterns. When I finished the top painting shown, there was an aspect in it that I greatly identified with, but the thought was also coupled with the idea that this was a painting of the Nephelim who were a race of beings before mankind. Because I saw myself in the expression of the face, I wondered if it was also me. I do often think of the canvas as a mirror reflecting the artist. Is not every portrait also a self portrait? Is not every painting a self portrait?
A spaceship moves through space. A spaceship is a container of space moving through time. A spaceship is time moving through dimension. A spaceship is dimension moving through nothing.

 Spaceship - Sept 2012 - acrylic on canvas - 16 x 12 in.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Energy Sculpting

 Energy Sculpting No.1 - August 2012 - acrylic on cloth bound book cover - 14.5 x 10 in.

Here are two paintings done close together. The top one is very flowery and female in form but it is also a landscape if you turn it right (also female). I seem to do this a lot to my paintings(turning them). I was originally intending to do another more exact bilateral symmetry work like the one below, but as I really had no specific idea as to what I was going to paint, they just seem to take a life unto their own.

The painting below is both male and female and is a bit of a departure for me. It's a bit more physical.... well no it's not really..... maybe it's the juxtaposition of the real with the abstract.  It's also a departure because I stopped myself very early from making this a 3 year painting. I start these paintings with symmetrical shapes and they build from there. Some are simple and are done within a day and some take years with work done here and there over time. These longer ones are very difficult to know when they are done. But then again, often with the 'quick' ones, I will enjoy them for the moment, then six months down the road I will see it again and start working on it, only because I am in a different place and I am seeing differently and I want to see more In them.  I am learning to just start another painting already, because often when I start painting over a previous one, I will kick myself right away because at that moment I just realized that I just started a long road trip to finishing it and it was fine before and why did I mess it all up and create more work for myself. And it's always a struggle to get there, because you don't know where you are going with it. Then you are never quite sure if you have arrived. The questioning tells me that I haven't arrived. Sometimes I will have sat down for a 3 hour session to put into a painting, then after 5 minutes I realize that it's finished. And you know it is finished, beyond any real knowing because you can feel it. ........

Energy Sculpting No.1 - Aug 2012 - acrylic on masonite - 12.5 x 18.5 in.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Godzilla Reactor

Godzilla Reactor - July 2012 - acrylic on illustration board - 15 x 20 inches

Summertime fun with a Godzilla scene you don't really see much. This is when he seems to be taking in a deep breath of all the energy around him before unleashing his atomic blasts. It was in the movie Final Wars and was the first time I saw this. I had to do a painting of it!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Butterfly Effect

Soul Effect - 2012 - acrylic on canvas - 12 x 16 in

An artist sometimes hopes that the work he puts out into the world will have some impact on the world or even to just one other individual.  It's nice when people are touched by your work or if it has had a profound effect on how one sees or experiences the world. This here is no such picture. Ot at least, I can't see it. I'm not sure why I painted it and I am not even sure what it is..... yet. It was formed from one of my phone doodles that captured me. (see image below) The doodle is probably more interesting than this painting. Maybe it is because I have tried to see too much and it is not vague enough. I like anatomical and diagramatic drawings.... the details and exactness they carry. Though there is a mystery in being vague, perhaps there can also be a mystery in a complete picture where the intrigue is in the subject. Just like when astronomers when astronomers see clearer and further into the cosmos which then releases more questions. If you showed Me a blurry picture of your mother or your cat. I will only know it is a mother or a cat and with not much more information.  So why do I need to show information as well as a subject or an idea? And why did I call this piece Soul Effect? 

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