Saturday, December 6, 2014

10-20-2014 and realizations...

I always feel like I get caught up on one aspect of being a painter. Usually the making part of things. But today, being an artist is so much more than just making the art. This website is a big part of being that artist. And must be attended to regularly, and with that, I say an honest sorry that I haven't been up to date on things here. My mind is always focused on new work and new ways to make my paintings, and even though there is as many hours in a day as you put into it, I know that I haven't been doing that. If I had I do believe I would be in such a better place for myself, I am tired of being in this predicament and am ready for a serious change. Time to put more hours into my life. Enjoy this new painting that was the first photographed by someone other than myself. Learning art photography from Portrait Painter Stephen Bennett has really given me more a sense of my own photographs. 

Acrylic on Acrylic Yarn on Wood Chassis.
22 X 16"
55.88 X 40.64 CM
Photos by Stephen Bennett


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Yarn 1-2-3-4

After all these updates. I completely forgot to add in the first of the Yarn Paintings I completed back in Ohio. 
For seminal works that gave birth to the "Elk Paintings"
Each acrylic textured painting is on an acrylic coated poplar chassis, 
except #1 which is raw poplar wood.
Dimensions are 22X16 IN OR 55.88 X 40.64 CM

As follows.



Recent publications.

I present to you...Three online including one physical instance of the exhibition I am currently enjoying in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania at the Community Arts Center until September 28th. Writer Kathy Kunkel from the Times News came, did the interview, and got some wonderful pics too.

Here's the visual of the online version... 

Thanks to Kathy Kunkel !! 

Days before, local historian Andrew Leibenguth came out and did his own interview and took many pictures. There are quite a lot of large photos on his page that you can really glimpse how things went that day.

On the evening of the opening Andrew came by to document the opening. Including all from the city and the wonderful people behind TAIR and Faces of the World. Wonderful evening.

Thanks to all who came out for the event. 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Throne Suite +1

One of the ideas that came to me while in this giant studio from the Tamaqua Elks Lodge and the Tamaqua Artist in Residence Program, was to make a suite based on the positions of the thrones that used to be in this room for meetings. There are four Thrones, that includes the Exalted Ruler's Throne. The first painting I completed in the studio is Exalted Ruler. These are a suite of three paintings that symbolize the three lower powered Thrones in the room. There is a regal feeling to these paintings and I hope the message comes across in these photos. 

Each of the paintings is 48 X 36 Inches and is Acrylic, on Acrylic Yarn, on Acrylic Coated Wood Chassis. 



Throne #1

Throne #2

Throne #3

 In the meantime between the finish of White Suite and the Throne Suite I made one painting
Acrylic on Acrylic Yarn on Acrylic Coated Wood Chassis. 

Don't forget, September 13th is the opening of ELK PAINTINGS at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.


Monday, August 25, 2014

White Suite

Sitting in the studio one day while working on what became Throne #1. I had a vision of a painting that wasn't immediately viewable at a distance, one that you almost might not even see. In this studio sits a far wall with two doors flanking it. It was here that the idea began. The original idea was a permanent painting to take place over the entirety of the wall. But alas, I knew this was a temporary space and the painting would not last. I didn't want that to happen at this point in my life. I then began to plot out a painting that would be movable like the rest of my work, but could be in a sense "camo" to the wall. Hence the idea of the white painting with white yarn and a white chassis. Once the first one was complete, I spent the next couple days admiring it, and thinking of doing a suite. After the 2nd day, I began work on the suite. I felt it had to grow to an amount that would really engulf the viewer, but would also be portable. One of my favorite sizes of paintings that I make is the 22X16" format. I love it's symmetry. Come check it out for yourself...

There is still a few days to see these paintings in their natural environment before they are moved to the Tamaqua PA Community Arts Center.

And please don't forget the September 13th is the opening of ELK PAINTINGS at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

07-11-2014 (Throne 1)

Visions of more paintings haunt me while I visit with my newest painting, a 48X36 inch painting I refer to as Throne 1. Being that I have been painting in the Elks Lodge in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, I have been influenced by the studio itself and the history that has taken place in that room.

While viewing this particular new painting. I keep having visions of more and more paintings.

The above is a particularly large image, put here specifically so you the online viewer can right click, view image, and see it incredibly closely as it lies on the floor.

Thanks for taking the time to view these images. If you can please do donate to the cause of my first art residency in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.