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August 03, 2017


542 Miguel with Spoon


Miguel542 Miguel with Spoon
8x10 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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The other day, I did an ink-on-paper study of a photo that I took of my friend Miguel. Today, I referenced that study to make this painting. We had been in a restaurant discussing the importance of  artists' pursuit of weird and also the value of that weird trailing back to the origins of our authentic selves. Anyway ... during the photo shoot, the natural light was so good and I thought having him hold a spoon to his face would allow some of that light to be captured in a cool way. And so that's what happened.

August 01, 2017


541 The Offering


Offering541 The Offering
8x10 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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Yesterday, I did an ink on paper study referencing a photo of @ohbowen as captured by @martabevacqua. That study was done using a different approach to drawing than my usual. Today I referenced that sketch to make this painting, also using a different approach to drawing than my usual. In the middle of my process, it started pouring rain for a few brief minutes. It was just the most beautiful and brief moment.

July 31, 2017


540 Breakdown


Moi540 Breakdown
8x10 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of moi as captured by @narcissusholmes for this work. Every day I wonder whether I'm taking enough risks artistically ... whether I let myself fully "go there" or whether I chicken out in the process. This wondering sometimes gets me to a point where I feel like an overripe plum about to burst under the sun. I recently expressed this angst to a friend and she replied "Oh, that's going to be a delicious explosion." I thanked her for that wonderful response. It's ok to explode once in a while, right? And to have occasional breakdowns, right? 

BREAKDOWN (#JackJohnson)
I hope this old train breaks down
Then I could take a walk around
And, see what there is to see
And time is just a melody
All the people in the street
Walk as fast as their feet can take them
I just roll through town
And though my windows got a view
the frame I'm looking through
Seems to have no concern for now
So for now
I need this
Old train to breakdown
Oh please just
Let me please breakdown

July 29, 2017


539 The Pursuit


Pusuit539 The Pursuit
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting and collage on stretched canvas
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With ink on paper, I had done a sketch of a female figure in a similar pose several weeks ago. I referenced that sketch to make this painting. Once the painting was done, I had this curiosity about how collage might interact with the work and so I added touches of it. Very rarely this curiosity for collage visits me ... and very rarely I let it in.

July 28, 2017


538 Korean Operetta


She Swallowed Korea538 Korean Operetta
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I made a sketch of a creature bloated with the South Korean flag several years ago ... it was inspired after seeing an exhibit of Wangechi Mutu at the Brooklyn Museum several years ago. I've played with that sketch over the years and today I referenced it to make this painting. 

 

 


537 I Intend to Survive


Survival537 I Intend to Survive
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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Last week I referenced an image of @missjoeybothwell as captured by @narcissusholmes to do an ink sketch. Today I referenced that ink sketch to paint this work.

July 27, 2017


536 Reading Comprehension


Humanities536 Reading Comprehension
6x6 inches
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private painting session today. I referenced a screen capture I took of a video from @creativelive for the work.

She looks intensely smart ... that she reads a lot of literature ... and she comprehends it.

July 23, 2017


535 The View from Here


Not ok535 The View from Here
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of @jasminaalzihairi as captured by @josef_beyer for this work. I especially enjoyed the challenge of painting the shadow cast by the scissors onto her face.

July 22, 2017


534 Of All That


Nude534 Of All That
8x10 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photograph by @nadavkander I found in a beautiful new publication by @panandthedreammag .

As I continue to observe and pursue the nude in paintings, I think it's weird that an actual nude photo (the kinds I've been sharing of myself with some edits so I don't get kicked off of social media) can cause an uproar in the name of morality and actual nude humans even more so. But then a painting or sketch of the same subject can be hung in million dollar rooms with  people who'd normally be in an uproar but who stand in front of the work talking all open-minded and using language that sounds so artistic. It's weird, those distances, and those levels of discourse.

This exploration of mine ... one of the most profound revelations I've been having is that I'm not just one thing at a time. I'm many things all at one. Clothed. Naked. Proper. Raunchy. Mother. Goddess. Clean. Filthy. Behaved. Rebellious. Feminine. Masculine. And it's now that I finally feel the freedom to embrace the power of all that.

#allaprima #freenotbrave #representationalabstract

July 21, 2017


533 Joey


Joey533 Joey
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of @missjoeybothwell as captured by @narcissusholmes for this work. I had intended on painting a different subject on a larger canvas today ... and indeed, I painted larger which I enjoyed but in terms of the subject, I made a last minute switching of gears from my intended subject when I saw this subject. What a subject.

In terms of color ... I've been pursuing exaggerated ones and seeing what I want to see, as is encouraged by painter Milt Kobayashi.  I'll paint tomorrow what I had planned for today.

 

 

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