This is my friend Holly at Coors Field, where we had arrived early at a previous Colorado Rockies' July 4th fireworks game. Happy Independence Day!
Last week I was out painting on top of a reservoir's earthen dam which is located between Lowry Sports Park and Common Grounds golf course. Looking west (below), I captured the hazy view generated by the wildfires burning in southern Colorado. And to the south (bottom), I painted a stand of trees next to the reservoir, where I was told there was a coyote's den. There were several people walking their dogs and jogging on the trail along the top of the dam. One person approached and asked if he could watch me paint. He and his girlfriend ended up buying both paintings 'right off the easel'! Of course I had to let them dry and varnish them before they happily took them home. They were moving to a new home in Highlands Ranch and wanted something to remember one of their favorite spots in the old neighborhood. I love this spot too. Its amazing the open space and beautiful vistas we still have within the city limits!
Summer Haze 6x8 Oil on Gessoboard - Plein Air
Reservoir Trees 6x8 Oil on Canvasboard - Plein Air
Cottonwood Cotton 6x6 Acrylic on Gessoboard
Its that time of year when the male cottonwoods shed their seeds and it sometimes looks like its snowing when the wind blows. Ubiquitously collecting in little balls like giant rolling dust bunnies. My favorite is on those lazy days when they just meander aimlessly, in slow motion through the air. It is mesmerizing and always reminds me to slow down and look around, and take in the wonder of nature and to be present in that...
Four Strong Winds 12x12 Acrylic on Canvas paper
Swirling thoughts, pulling in the cardinal directions.
Airborne, feet not touching the ground. The changes of Spring. Taking my breath away.
Here, Not There 12x12 Acrylic on canvas sheet
I borrowed the title from from a painting of Barnett Newman's 'Not There - Here'. He is one of my favorite abstract expressionist / color field painters of that era. His work was explicitly composed with the intention of communicating a sense of locality, presence. Even perhaps stating that America is the epicenter of the art world, not Europe, which was still recovering from WWII. My work's title leans more towards a Be Here Now sensibility of being present and perhaps of being still and peering thru the veil of physicality to experience the metaphysical. X marks the spot...
Wayne Thiebaud "Pie" 1961
In honor of Pi Day, 3.14, I wanted to present a canvas of one of my all time favorite representational artists Wayne Thiebaud. Love, love, love his work! He's still going strong at age 97!!
Happy Chinese New Year! Today we transition from the Rooster, to the Year of the Dog. According to the Chinese zodiac, the Dog has a strong inner life, and a relatively restrained outer lifestyle. More apt to live a serious and careful existence, a Dog is someone who will get the job done but rarely go beyond the scope of what is asked of them. This is because to them, there are more important things to do than spending their time trying to impress others, and they would rather enjoy what they choose to do than sacrifice their freedom for a little monetary gain. Amazingly, the current President of the United States, was born under the Sign of the Dog in 1946. The above description doesn't seem to fit his personality profile at all, but in light of ongoing revelations of promiscuous behavior, one thinks that he definitely could be characterized as a 'dog'. Anyway I got in the wayback machine for the art here today. At the time I was doing people portraits and I swore I would never do animal portraits! Wrong dog breath! As a trade for some energy work, I did a small 8x10 oil sketch of my practitioner's pups: Scotch & Cinder. Note the burnt Sienna tones go well with this year's dog's element (earth). Also at bottom, I did another more fun portrait of her other pet, Wadsworth the goat. An 18 x 24 oil.
Scotch & Cinder 8x10 Oil sketch on canvas board
Wadsworth the Goat 18x24 Oil on canvas
"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is
simply necessary to love."
-- Claude Monet
Monet's Le Printemps (Springtime) Oil on canvas 1886
In the Celtic calendar, the first of the four fire festivals of the year is Imbolc.
It is celebrated on the 1st or 2nd day of February.
The divinity acknowledged in these early Spring rites is the goddess Brigid, the queen of heaven. She is the greatest of the Celtic divinities and is closely associated with the land. She is the protector of the wells and springs. She is the guardian of nature, and therefore agriculture. As a fertility goddess, Brigid is also the patron of the poets, artists, and others who create. (The word Imbolc means literally "in the belly" in the old Irish Neolithic language.) Hence, her name is invoked at childbirth.
Brigid's protection of agriculture and poetry underscores the need to tend our inner fertility. Tending our forms of creativity is crucial to a fulfilling life. The ancients believed that gifts of expression were only on loan. We are reminded to remain grateful, and to be good custodians of artistic talents.
So, let us honor the Great Mother, the Queen of Heaven.
May we be open to her many gifts of inspiration in this season of renewal.
(Excerpted from Imbolc - A day for the Queen of Heaven by John Young)
Queen of the Heavens 12x12 Acrylic on canvas sheet
Another in the Veil Circle series. The veil is thin and the ground is looking like a rainbow protoplasmic chromosome...
As Above, So Below 12x12 Acrylic and graphite on canvas sheet