Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sometimes one should pay attention to ones own work. This was a practice painting for Nathan Fowkes class. I did this painting at home. I decided before I started the painting that I wanted to try and do some kind of expression. So I made an expression and began painting. In retrospect when I look at this painting a realize that several months after this work I had a heart attach. My teaching job had become extremely stressful. We look in the mirror, but do we see?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This Self Protrait was done as a homework project form the Portrait Painting Class of the Artist Nathan Fowkes. This is the portrait of the bunch that I like the most. Form, Color, and likeness fit my illusions of myself the best. I will be including additional painting form the class itself. The work in class was to be completed during the nite class. This was a great experience for me. The idea of finishing a work within a set period of time. Working at that speed was important development for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The self portrait is an interesting thing. I have asked myself, why do artists feel compelled to do self portraits. Here's my thoughts on the subject. Being able to create images that others respond to is and interesting experience. Especially if one gets these responses starting at an early age. One gets use to having these positive responses and they become addictive. Another side to creating images is that they are often very personal. And displaying personal things and ideas can be very threatening or rewarding. Once you have put yourself out there, you then want to say this is the person that goes with these images. Any thoughts out there?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This illustration was created for a class in drawing. After covering the basics in shading the simple geometric forms I wanted to give the students a practice drawing subject for their next assignment. This simple toy was what developed.
Several years I worked for a School District. I drew this character during one district meeting while our Superintendent at the time was speaking. I hope this drawing tells the story.
Jelly Fish and the Monterey Bay go together. I have always found them to be a most fascinating creature. At the right time of the year Monterey harbor area is filled with millions and millions of Moon Jellies. There are so many they only 6" apart in the water. Monitoring out in our dingy I would put my hand in the water and let it bump from Jelly to Jelly. I special experience.
Fishing Boat in Monterey is a sketch from one of the sketch books I often drew in while staying on our sail boat in Monterey, Ca. Most of the drawing listed below were strongly influenced by that experience.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Triptych Eagle has the symbol central in the body to symbolize the heart. The inside of the symbol depicts three heart shapes. The wake patterns in the backgrounds were early explorations of the movement idea in this drawing.
Before Triptych, this image was produced before the Triptych concept became part of the series. In this image the fish have the faces characteristic of people rather than fish. I was playing with the concept of what a fish is through the eyes of humans. If you look at the other drawings you can find hidden human faces or parts in the drawings. Again alluding to our concept of these creatures. Also as all creatures move through the medium they live in they leave a wake as a record of their path through life. Some are more obvious than the trails of others. The kelp like water vines are a beginning of that symbolism in this drawing. This theme can be found in most of these drawing.