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SUMMER SUITE

It's been a long hot summer. My recipe for keeping cool: The beach.

"Hello Carravagio?" Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 40" x 3" deep $850.

 

An earlier version of the painting: where the voices in my head were more in evidence:     

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I've been doing funny stuff to avoid working on a painting that has been too weird to approach. In a sort of psychic cross-training, I am applying my skills to decorative objects. I've enjoyed making these, and those who received them as gifts seemed to enjoy them as well.

The concept was introduced to me by the artist Steve Fisher. Years ago he made one for me. It's a "Book" made out of a solid plank to resemble an old volume about a person's life.

Here's the one Steve made for me:

 

Here's a few of the ones I made for others:

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An AMERICAN BEAUTY

Mother in All Seasons

Work in Progress

"...with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles." wikipedia

2012 Acrylic Pigment / 24" x 36" x 3" Wrapped Canvas

Here's an animation:

 

Work in Progress

Follow the link to see where she is now.

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"GALLERY DOG"

30" X 36" Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas

I had been asked to do a benefit for our local shelter, ALAQUA, and I was to paint pets of patrons on large plywood panels.

To begin the project I decided to paint my dog, Jane, in her role of generally being an energetic catahoula we rescued years ago.

At the end of the painting, the shadow of Lulu, our wonderful friend for nealry 17 years who passed away,, appeared in the painting.

I knew something went there as the space had remained blank for the entire process.

Here's a little animation showing the process of learning how to paint dogs.

And here's the finished mural on site:

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"FOLK ARTIST"        09/2011

Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas     24" x 30" x 3"     NFS

Click the image for a larger version

The story behind this painting is not ready to be told. We were at a show in Atlanta when She got the news.

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My dog Jane thinks playing is far more beautiful than painting. All in the eye of the beholder.

I'll finish this soon. Have to go back in to restate the shadowy part/dark side. And then the shadow woman will appear. Balance.

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"Happens Every Spring" is a recurring theme.

The electric green trunk of the white Natchez crepe myrtle shedding the dark red bark made this painting happen.

 

Living in the country is sweet.

 

 

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The mysterious process of painting is explained in this easy to follow pictoral:

 

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