“The only interesting ideas are heresies.” – Susan Sontag

July 18, 2016

Two Lemons WIP, Jul 18, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30" X 40"

Two Lemons WIP, Jul 18, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30″ X 40″

Working on a new large canvas – just got it underway. And another week of my July Daily Challenge.

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“The digital natives are starting to hunger for life beyond the screen.” – Chris Anderson

June 27, 2016

A bit more work on the drapery in this image. I hope to wrap it up on the weekend and start something new. Quote courtesy of Who Said That, as quoted in Making It.

Vertical Tulip WIP, Jun 25, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 24″ X 36″

Vertical Tulip WIP, Jun 25, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 24″ X 36″

“On the internet no one knows you’re a dog.” – Peter Steiner

June 6, 2016

Vertical Tulip WIP, Jun 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 24" X 36"

Vertical Tulip WIP, Jun 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 24″ X 36″

I’ve started a new piece – I’m seemingly not straying far from my typical subject matter with this painting of a flower against drapery, but I am going to try to keep this more painterly if I can. I need to push my comfort zone and see what I can do.

A note on quotations:

I love quotations. I have collected them since I was a kid. I love how they lead me to consider new and alien ideas and old, familiar ideas from new perspectives. Something that I hadn’t considered until today was how labelling a sentence or two as a ‘quotation’ changes how we understand it. It adds a certain ‘weightiness’ to the statement – like an implication that these few words are the distillation of a lifetime of experience and contemplation that we are fortunate enough to be graced with. And that is why today’s quote appealed to me so much. I discovered it in my email inbox after I subscribed to the site WhoSaidThat.com. As I began creating this post, and following the quote to it’s source, I discovered that it was from a cartoon in The Washington Post. As funny as the cartoon itself may be, I would never have latched onto this one had I first discovered it in its original context. It was good there, but far better as a stand alone statement about the nature of the internet, and by extension, about the world itself – advice that I choose to live by.

“Art is the demonstration that the ordinary is extraordinary.” – Amédée Ozenfant

May 30, 2016

In 2013 I attended Series Summer Art School at Red Deer College and worked under the instruction of Jen Mallinson for a week playing with her plaster technique that combined acrylic paint, plaster and an assortment of other materials to create unique backgrounds. In Jen’s work, she would often complete her pieces with beautiful charcoal figure drawings. I left the week long workshop with a number of panels ready to go. This weekend I finished one of those panels. The results are below.

Series WIP, Aug 1, 2013, Mixed Media on Panel, 20" X 20"

Series WIP, Aug 1, 2013, Mixed Media on Panel, 20″ X 20″

 

Cowering Cups, May 28, 2016, Mixed Media on Panel, 20" X 20"

Cowering Cups, May 28, 2016, Mixed Media on Panel, 20″ X 20″

“The arts are not a way to make a living…”

May 16, 2016

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

A little more done on this one. I’m really not pleased with the placement of the white books – I will have to somehow improve the composition before I’ve finished.

Open Books, May 14, 2016, Oil and Wax on Birch Panel, 12″ X 16″

Open Books, May 14, 2016, Oil and Wax on Birch Panel, 12″ X 16″