Archive for March, 2009

Empty Choices

March 30, 2009


Not a whole lot has been added since the last one.  The ocean horizon is nice.


An Unjustice

March 26, 2009


There are a lot of good things happening in this one, and despite its flatness, this one seems very sculptural, in a mobile sort of way. I think the sort of atmospheric background is working too. Also, I know that unjustice isn’t a real word, but it seems to fit. The cinder block is sort of a default “heavy thing that can be easily tied to a rope” but it is working for now.

Digesting the Heavens

March 24, 2009


I am not going to write a whole bunch of things.  I am just going to take a deep breath and go paint some more.


March 23, 2009


Working on an artist statement has left me feeling self-conscious about the way I write about my art.  I constantly seem to belittle it and I think it is because I take it so seriously, or rather it is very important to me, and because I spend a lot of time working on it/thinking about it.  I think it must be a defensive thing or something.  In any event I apologize for the writing quality/tone. (This paragraph was written after the completion of the next one, and is a slight critique of said paragraph, but also has been a long time coming.  I am not sure what to do, but I am working on it.)

I am not sure if I will continue to do this, but it was fun to sort of take a break and just draw a Greek god.  As you can see it is very similar to most of my other drawings, but it was refreshing to use the visual parts for something that they were not intended, sort of likeMarvel’s old What If? stories, or a soap opera’s ‘it was all a dream’ convention.  None of these metaphors are really working for what I am trying to say, probably because they are not completely true.  Mostly I kind of had an idea that wasn’t really turning out, and then thought ‘hey, if I do this it would be a good picture of Poseidon!  Sweet!’

The Non-Struggle

March 20, 2009


Quite a bit more vivid color on this one.  Still thinking about that.  Really excited about a nice background, but unsure of the architectural element.  I think I might try some overlapping trees or maybe a hedge next time.  I have about 20 or so more sheets of paper at this size, and I am thinking about buying some larger sheets when this batch runs out.

Artist Statement Test

March 20, 2009

Ah, the artist statement.  Necessary for any art show/gallery submission.

Artist Statement:

In my experience, most animals are either dead or running away.  I guess some are pets, but they seem more like objects to be loved than actual animals.  Dead animals seem less like objects and more like they have stopped running away.  In my art I try and navigate this relationship between being dead and running away.  Sometimes it is sad, sometimes funny and sometimes just kind of blah.  I guess that is kind of the way it is, at least in my experience.

Lametacular Collapse

March 18, 2009


I think I paint the way I play chess.  When I originally painted a goose disemboweling a fox I never thought it would come to this fox in a pegasus intestine coat.  Its like an over dramatic rock opera.  There has to be a better way.  I imagine real artists either know where they are going or at least have the sense to back up when they feel they are going astray.  I seem to lack this awareness.

Well, I am going to try my own advice.  I am going to go back to just foxes and geese (no intestines) and try running down the hill again.  I look forward to seeing you at the next train wreck/good thing.

The Feeding

March 17, 2009


Oh, when will they learn?

We Shall Not Be Consumed

March 15, 2009

If they tear out your intestine tie it back in.  The pegasus won’t be undone!  Take that forces of nature.

Crying vs Weeping

March 13, 2009


There is probably something very beautiful about the differences between crying and weeping, but I am not sure what it is, and I don’t think this painting really shines very much light on it.  I do like the idea of shunning/ignoring the hurting/hurt, and I think there are some nice visual things going on.