Wednesday, September 20, 2006

sizzla in hills, JA

some more new paintings

"and the last shall be first"

bahia, brasil

a painting of an old woman I watched sweeping after the madness of a huge outdoor market wound down. she never looked up and never spoke to anyone. just swept.

Some NEW Works

It has been a long time since I had a show of my fine art. I have been primarily doing illustration work for the last year and so have not really done much of my own art. So, it was fun to get all into it again after the forced break. I found that I have gotten better since the last shows. I will not let stuff go that is not done just because I ran out of time. I also went back and grabbed stuff that I had "finished" years ago and did little things to make them so much better. Usually I always leave them the hell alone as a way to see my improvement over time, but I wanted to experiment and play. One piece was sitting at the back of my rack and it was from 6 years ago or more. It was barely even one layer of paint and I had been showing it. Doh! So I took it and made a really beautiful new painting based on what was there. Using it as an underpainting. Now it is freaking hot and I cant let it out of my living room, where it is my new centerpiece.

Oh, and if there are flagrant mis-spellinghsz. . . I am obviously automatic spell check dependant, so have mercy.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The moon, on the way home from Clay's first football game. And more.

the moon
through the trees
some cars passed
our car
passing through the trees.

v vv v Q v vv v

So, tonight I am working on M______K. My new book I am so stoked about. I am working on sketches to put into the dummy and when I get tired of that I will end up painting for my upcoming show. I think I will hang it next week, so I have to hustle and get the new works finished in time. Oh, and I started working with h2-oils and of course, they do not dry like acrylics. The paintings just sit in the sun and in the fan's wind and laugh, wet as ever. Doh! It is really beautiful to see what extra vivid punch the oils give adding them on to the acrylics. It is just a little kick in the saturation. My sweet son who would be so pissed that I called him sweet, because he is 14 and... you know, anyways, he let me borrow his 8th season Simpsons dvds. So I am happy as a clam listening to them as I paint into the morning.

I also went out surfing with my bredda, Matt, yesterday. We got in at the Elwah and I surfed The Stump for a few hours and got some really fun, solid waves. It backed off a little as I was getting ready to come in, so I waited for a looong time to get my last wave in. . . but when it came, I rode it all the way to the shore and got a few tiny barrel sections so I was smiling like a shark in santa cruz. So fun. Then we had some liquid refreshment and drove to Green Point. Hiked through the woods, ladderred down the not-small not-un-scary cliff on the roots, carrying a board and backpack with wetsuit and broke through into the sunshine and out on the beach only to find that the tide way too high and the waves were slamming right on the shore. Actually got in and tried to sneak into some, but it was a little scary and so we wussed out and went home. Loads of fun.

the fam

The Watson Fam on a walk near our house.
We tried to get Finlay to hold his mini-baby stick but it did not fly. Oh well, next time.