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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.

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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.

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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”

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.

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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”

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