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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.

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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”

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