Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nude #329 - 20"x35" - graphite + gouache on paper

The simple line work is in direct contrast to the bold solid color in the fore and backgrounds. There is no push + pull. It neutralizes and is soothing.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

Venice Canal - study - 4"x6" - watercolor on paper

This was a study I came across, that was for a black + white version, that I posted a few months ago. Usually, an Artist does the value study first then the color rendition. I did it the other way around. The black and white version which I will show below this one is actually much better. It's the keeper and the one I framed and hangs in my living room.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mme Roarshack - 10.5"x14" - mixed media

This is a wild experiment with the premise being that of Rorschach ink blots to start off an idea. I wanted to break loose from what I had been doing and this should do the trick. And I just needed to play.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Red barn, blue sky - 9"x10" - watercolor on paper

I'm back on U.S. soil and happily painting red barns again, for now. I have gotten a lot of satisfaction from painting these and lots of positive feedback. It has always been a dream of mine to renovate a barn and live in it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

orb de l'amour - 4"x6" watercolor, gouache, silver leaf on paper

owned by a collector in NY
I am in the habit of painting the full moon every month it seems. January's moon is the Wolf moon. Lunacy is derived from the moon and I can't help but think how lunacy and l'amour go hand in hand. We forgive howlin' wolves and prowlin' dawgs that bark up the wrong trees with "oh it must be a full moon". The mysterious lunar power rules the flow of liquids on our planet and in our bodies which ebb and flow and surge with emotion. I always look for the full moon and wonder......

Monday, January 21, 2008

Train ride back to Shanghai- 6"x9" watercolor on paper

View from the train which was an 8 hour ride to Shanghai. The land was de-forrested during the communist regime. Now it is being re-forrested and all the plantings across the land are orderly and in rows and rows. They make nice blurry patterns when you look out the fast moving train window. I was unable to travel by domestic plane due to a snowstorm. The airports and highways were closed. The Chinese sweep the roads with handmade stick brooms. There are no snowplows! and I saw only one guy with a shovel but that was it. My journey back to the USA has been delayed by two days. I will be so happy to be home- can't wait. 

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Yixing tea ceremony - 6"x9" watercolor + gouache on paper

SOLD to a collector in Ca.
Yixing, China is where the historical purple or red clay teapots are produced in small studio factories. I had the privilege of visiting a studio and watching a couple of Artisans make some teapots and then was served some Oolong tea in a traditional manner over a special teak table that allows for steam and water to drip through slats as it is drenched from the dousing that must occur on these special pots. All this helps to steep the tea. It was very special and unplanned during my trip here. I felt like I had a glimpse into another era. The studio teapot teacher was serving us with pride and although neither us, nor the people serving myself and my associate, spoke the same language in words but the smiles and sharing of this tradition was a highly special communication. The building I was in had remnants of the 1920's deco details mixed with Chinese motifs in the fretwork panels that divided the cold cement tea "sanctuary". This will probably be the highlight of my trip.
PS - I have just added the picture, I guess it did not post on the original date.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

China memory - 6"x9" - watercolor on paper

This is my memory of what I saw today driving down the highway on the way to the factory. It is embellished with mists that create mystery floating through the fields of lettuce and cabbage.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Shanghai - 6"x9" - watercolor on paper

Today was filled with a visit to a glass factory just on the outskirts of this city. I have been eating locally grown and raised foods and meats and fish; a small place for lunch and a larger restaurant in the city. This city is bursting at the seams with progress and remnants of a past life that will disappear in the smog. Cars collide with bicycles and everyone on cell phones traveling at high speeds, talking at high volume, rushing to the next appointment, to meet that deadline to be this center of the worlds manufacturing needs. How I got here is what I ask myself and the answers I get back are not the expected ones.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ahhh bed.... - 6"x9" - watercolor on paper

Finally, I am about to get into a bed after 17 hours of flying and contorting to fit into a 747 coach seat for that long stretch. I am in Shanghai and my internal clock is wacked. The external clock here says 2:05 am, which I am having a hard time acknowledging. But my REALality is NY time and it is 1:09 pm. Got my wake-up call for 7 am to start my work day tomorrow. Nighty night....stay tuned for tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Flight path- 4"x12" - watercolor on paper

En route to China, I am in Motown. Too bad I can't check out Hitsville, USA- where it all started. But maybe another time. Starting tonight, I will be painting daily, something that I see on this journey to China. I am traveling for business. I go to factories that produce the ceramic dinnerware that I design. I will chronicle my journey and what comes out on paper will be dramatically different than what I usually paint and post on my blog. So tune in and enjoy the journey with me..... this painting is through my hotel window, just outside the Detroit airport.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Red barns through red trees- 9"x11"- watercolor, pastel, graphite on paper

Red again, red trees, red barns of course, white snow. Near + far, close and distant, it's all in the perspective that you take. They can co-exist.

Red barns against orange sky- 7"x13.5" - watercolor, gouache on paper

Today I passed this farm and did a double take and a u-turn to get "the shot". You can't come back later, it is now or never with the light in the sky. The sky held this orange + pink glow of sunset within the winter green heavy clouds. I don't think I have seen these colors in the sky except for the winter sunsets.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Red barn + azure sky - 8.25"x11.25" - watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

The sky has been so beautifully highlighting the snow and red barn series that I have been bringing forth. Sometimes it is ultramarine blue and sometimes it is azure blue.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Golden farm field - 5.5"x10.5" - watercolor, gouache, gold leaf on paper

Golden fields poke through snow and catch the sunlight. This is perfect to render in gold leaf and on this small size it becomes precious. Precious does not always work for me, but in this case it does.