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Jean Synodinos | Austin, TX

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“love & blood” has a birthday

One year ago this week I released an album, love & blood.

I never actually posted a darned thing about it on this blog. I don’t know why, since I’ve never been prouder of a body of work, but that’s what happened. The album had a very good first year in the world. Continue reading ““love & blood” has a birthday”

Black Blue Red: July 2016

Overwhelmed: for days, it was the only word I could utter to describe the events of the week. Three cities, seven murders, more injured. If you did not drop to your knees in pain, I don’t see how you could have been paying attention.

Continue reading “Black Blue Red: July 2016”

Ready to Roar

You’re looking at my first commission, I suppose. Continue reading “Ready to Roar”

A Fly in the Ointment

In my last post, I shared my favorite new product, ArtResin. I even shared some tips for working with this glorious stuff.

Too bad I didn’t heed my own guidance.

Continue reading “A Fly in the Ointment”

Highly, Highly Endorsed: ArtResin!

If you’re a painter who wants a seriously high gloss but doesn’t want to breathe in the toxic fumes of a traditional two-part epoxy resin, then I’ve got to turn you on to the product that is changing my life: ArtResin.

Continue reading “Highly, Highly Endorsed: ArtResin!”

Death by 1,000 Cuts

Some of you know I’ve been back in the recording studio cutting a new album, “love & blood.” The painting here, “Death by 1,000 Cuts” is the primary painting for the artwork, although the original image will be manipulated (example below). Continue reading “Death by 1,000 Cuts”

How I Remember It

How I Remember It
How I Remember It (acrylic, 24 x 36)

I woke up the morning of December 11th from a wonderful dream. I think of it as the last time I saw Charles. He was healthy and well, and we were floating on a lake together, in a rowboat. Continue reading “How I Remember It”

There’s Always a Crack

Following up on Spires, this 12″ x 12″ canvas also features gold in the “crack,” another nod to Kintsugi. I’ve name it “There’s a Crack in Everything,” which is the first half of my favorite Leonard Cohen quote.

"There's a Crack in Everything," mixed media, 12" x 12"
“There’s a Crack in Everything,” mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Spires

 

Spires. Mixed media, 20" x 24"
Spires. Mixed media, 20″ x 24″

 

Ever since painting Surface Tension, Fizz, and a few other pieces yet to be posted on this site, I’ve been drawn to a combination of watercolor or gouache with acrylic.

And, I’m increasingly drawn to highlighting imperfection and flaws. In my sadness over the last few months, I’ve stumbled into Kintsugi, the Japanese philosophy of repairing cracks in pottery with gold. Continue reading “Spires”

Neighbors

If there’s one thing I’m sure of, the stories each person, each family are remarkably similar. The characters may have different names, may look and sound different, but we have common denominators–victories, failures, endurance, and comic relief.

Continue reading “Neighbors”

This is Where Your Prayers Go

We look to celestial bodies and direct our prayers, changes, incantations, proclamations–we pitch them up to the skies, as though they’ll be caught, as though we’ll get an answer. Continue reading “This is Where Your Prayers Go”

Circles

Thought I’d share three smaller acrylic works, each 6″ x 12″. All painted with palette knives, then stamped with circles, then highly glossed. I tend to keep at least one smaller canvas going whenever I’m working on a larger one–something to work on while waiting for paint to dry. 🙂 Continue reading “Circles”

Magical Thinking

My marriage, like many relationships, was full of magical thinking–the search for beautiful patterns demonstrating that, well, everything’s going to be wonderful after all.

Continue reading “Magical Thinking”

Incongruous

Incongruous is the only word to describe this month. As the definition below suggests, things are “not in harmony.” Continue reading “Incongruous”

Blue Eyes & Lips

Well, not so much blue as teal, really. Continue reading “Blue Eyes & Lips”

I Felt Like the One on the Left

Some paintings just jump out of my fingers as if I’m simply the channel through which they’re born. Others take true labor, enormous consideration, and months of adjustment until they are done. Witness I Felt Like the One on the Left. Continue reading “I Felt Like the One on the Left”

When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough

Today is my birthday, a pretty good day to give a great deal of thanks–even though that thanks feels insufficient. Continue reading “When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough”

Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding

The Kickstarter campaign for my next recording is now officially two weeks old, and it’s going gangbusters (92% funded as of this post)!

So for all creatives and makers and DIY’ers out there, I thought I’d share a few very quick lessons learned in case you’re thinking of finding support for your next project. Continue reading “Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding”

Night & Day

I just sold this painting to a wonderful couple up in Salt Lake City, I couldn’t be happier about it, either. I learned a lot doing this particular canvas. Continue reading “Night & Day”

Fizz!

Summer colors, popping. That was the goal. Continue reading “Fizz!”

Quarter Notes

I’ve been taking a fresh look at this painting, “Quarter Notes,” which is about a year old now. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed too easy, but that’s a ridiculous way to think about creativity. Continue reading “Quarter Notes”

Original Sin

 

This is my first favorite painting, the first one that made me go, “yeah, I want that on the wall.” And it hangs over my bed against a red, red wall. Continue reading “Original Sin”

Surface Tension

I just finished this painting, Surface Tension. It’s watercolor and acrylic, 36″ x 24″.

You know how you can fill a glass to the brim and even add just a little bit more so the water seems to rise above that rim? And then just one drop too much brings on the spill? Continue reading “Surface Tension”

Mercy, Mercy

I’ve been doing some painting that aligns in some way with songs I anticipate recording this fall. This one, “Mercy,” contrasts the overwhelming force of nature against those of us occupying space on the planet. Continue reading “Mercy, Mercy”

Spirograph Series

An early series from June-October 2013, it was the simple re-appropriation of a favorite childhood toy. Continue reading “Spirograph Series”

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, I woke up and said, “I’m ready to paint.” Continue reading “One Year Ago Today”

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