Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mixed Media Collage - "Impact"

Another mixed media collage on canvas 16X12. I also finished 2 more and I think these have just about run their course. I have completed about 16 of these and it is time to move on. To view this larger click on the image.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mixed Media Collage - "Imagine"

I still have a few of the 12X16 canvases that I purchased for the Artful Gifts Exhibit at the Noyes Museum. I did 2 more mixed media collages last night. This is the first one called "Imagine" and is 16X12. I like the coloring and design of this painting, I really can't find any fault with it at all! I think I will probably do 2 more of these as the deadline for sending in my entries is September 19. You can click on the image to see it larger.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Art Thoughts

Well I blogged about winning the first place award at the Ocean County Artists Guild Juried show and the opening was on Sunday - it is a great show and I am honored to have won a prize. So after the awards ceremony some guy asks to take a photo of me with my painting - I think nothing of this until I see it on the Guild's web site and I look like I weight 500 lbs - I should sue - if only I could Photoshop it!! If this photo doesn't make me want to lose weight I don't know what will - am I posting a link to this photo - I think NOT. So I have decided to start watching what I eat and walking again - I guess I have digressed from my title Art Thoughts but this is setting up why I was out walking this AM.

Soooooo - I am out walking this fine morning and thinking about my art and painting in general and why I do it - I sure am not doing it for the money I am making!! I came to realize I just like to paint - to mess around and make marks with the brush (good thing I paint abstractly). I like the color, the juiciness of the paint, rubbing it on a canvas or paper, seeing how one shape or mark reacts with the next - well just the act of painting. I don't feel I have something profound to say in my work. I just hope the marks I am making at some point turn out to be pleasing to me - that's right, just to me. If that doesn't happen then I am quite willing to squeeze out more paint and make more marks - this is not rocket science.

I am not belittling my work or saying I do not sometimes make a good painting, I am just saying what drives me is nothing deep or grandiose, it is just what I enjoy doing "painting". I need to remember this - because I get into trouble when I over think it!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Looking West - Abstract

This is a new abstract, image size 30X22 - on watercolor paper - framed size 36X28. The title is "Looking West". I entered this painting into the Ocean County Artists Guild Annual Juried Exhibit and got a call today it won the first prize. WooooHoooo - great news. I wasn't sure which painting to enter into this show I guess I made the right decision. The opening is Sunday 9/7 - I will be there.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Mixed Media Collage - "Earn More"

A mixed media collage on canvas 16X12 inches. This painting is composed of acrylic, newspaper, collage paper, oil pastel, the usual. The coloring in this one is different also - now this is my new favorite. You can click on the image to see it larger.