As the end of the year closes in, I’ve been cataloging the works that I created in 2019. This past year has flown by and been a challenge with available time, however I’ve still managed to make progress with multiple endeavors.
My new acrylic painting series “Chronology” is ready for you to view, as well as the updated “Chronology Digital” section, which has abstract drawings made on an iPad Pro with the Art Rage and Procreate apps.
I’m also excited to finally have my “Film Photography” section substantially updated and in the works. Please check out this new area of the site, especially if you like cameras and photography.
I enjoy Winter Break to have time with family and to catch up with belated studio goals. At this point I’ve made enough headway to feel good about the new projects coming up in 2020, and hope you have a great creative start to the New Year as well!
Today is my son Esher’s 3rd Birthday and I’m in awe about how quickly he is growing up and becoming a little dude. We have fun playing and talking about whatever is going on at the time. He enjoys the new experiences that come with each day and his Mom and I feel very fortunate to be on this journey together.
As the seasons turn into Fall my annual cycle of having more studio time is starting to become a reality. This year has been packed with new jobs (www.fortfixit.com) and time spent away from creative duties out of necessity. When I was younger normal labor jobs seemed like the antithesis of a creative life, but now I see the value in sustenance and time away which increases my curiosity and drive.
I’ve not made any progress on getting my photo galleries up and in order, which is still a priority. Over the last year I’ve been able to shoot some nice rolls of film on various cameras, and look forward to adding that media to this site. Most images relate to the landscape in some way, which is my favorite subject matter.
Quite a few new paintings have been finished this year and added to the photo documentation pile which I hope to conquer soon, or at least before the start of the new year. These paintings will fit nicely in the UES Series and possibly help complete it. As my works have continued to evolve I’m currently looking into the idea of shields, bones, and hearts. I have feelings of nurturing strength, ability, and love connected to these symbols.
Scale and size is always a personally debated topic when starting a new series of work. In the near future my quest for larger canvas surfaces to paint on will begin to develop and become something tangible. I’ve not worked over the size of 18”x24” for several years now and am looking forward to the upscale challenge. Perhaps it will be time to work on the un-stretched surface first and then attach it to the supports afterwards, time will tell.
I often think about all of the large paintings that I’ve made over the years and how the logistical challenges relate to their storage, transport, and lack of visibility or collectors. So many have been given away, tossed in the dump, or burned that it keeps me coming back to manageable sizes which take up less space in multiples. I suppose a bonafide demand for such items would make the decision to go large again much easier. Such is the challenge of determining the scope of one’s own work.
Finishing up last semester’s painting classes with success was a nice way to ring in the 2018 Holiday Season and New Year. I’ve been busy with a long overdue studio clean up and reorganization in order to have a better work flow in 2019 which feels liberating. With a less cluttered space I feel relaxed and able to concentrate again. My studio efforts continue with the abstract landscape, along with spending more time shooting analog and digital photography. I continue to look for and document things that I see of interest such as light/shadow, colors/textures, and the natural Colorado beauty. As time allows I will be making updates to this site which will showcase this new photography, as well as the painting, drawing, and digital work in the making. Here’s to a challenging and productive new creative year!