Sunday, August 31, 2008

Figurative Abstractions: Seventh In A Series

This figurative abstraction is titled: "Far Vision". It is part of my ongoing exploration of the lone figure in the landscape, as well as an ongoing investigation into consciousness and spirituality. I am interested in how our consciousness grapples with the existential issues of being human: awareness of death, the fragility of life, choices, responsibility, will, the creation of meaning, and the feeling of aliveness.

This oil figurative abstraction is 24" x 24" on canvas. You may also see this painting as well as others at

Friday, August 29, 2008

Figurative Abstractions: Sixth In A Series

This painting is titled: "Remembering". This figure is deep in thought, looking off into the distance. Here again is the solo figure, alone with her thoughts, grappling with the exigencies of life.
The canvas is 24" x 24" x 1 1/2". The paint application is a combination of thin, transparent darks with impasto lights. I used # 8, 10 and 12 filbert brushes and several painting knives to apply the paint. I call this series of paintings "Figurative Abstractions".

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Figurative Oil: Fifth In A Series

This figure is waiting. When I think of the solo figure waiting, I think of the existential play: "Waiting For Godot". Those are the words that come to mind. What is she waiting for? What are any of us waiting for?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Abstract Figurative Oil Painting: Fourth In A Series

This figure is stepping into the world with intention and clear vision. I was drawn to the movement implied by the right leg. In this abstract figurative painting, I am using lots of indian yellow, cadmium yellow medium, transparent red oxide, burnt sienna, and titanium white. There is a lot of impasto paint application.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Abstract Figurative Oil Painting: Third In A Series

The solo figure is compelling to me. In this series, I'm painting the figure alone, yet connected to and a part of the landscape. I'm thinking about the existential issues we live with: creating meaning, free will/choice, responsibility, the fragility of life, and the fleetingness of time. I'm moving toward a more abstract figurative way of painting. One could call these "existential paintings".

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Abstract Figurative Oil Painting: Second In A Series

This is the second in the series of abstract figurative oil paintings that began with the idea of existential aloneness. I found myself painting with the warm, earthy colors: Indian yellow, yellow ochre, terra rosa, venetian red, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red medium, transparent red oxide. The dark darks are a mixture of alizarin crimson and viridian. I used a palette knife and size 8, 10, and 12 filbert hog bristle brushes. I painted with very thick, impasto brush and knife work. The darks in the figure are thinner and more transparent.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Working in Oils

I've been working in oils recently. I got on a roll and painted five oils in three days. It was interesting how one painting led to another. I was thinking about the existential issue of aloneness; about how we are born alone and ultimately, die alone. There are people whom we love who are there, but we still have to go through this mystery ourselves. This is what was in my mind when I started painting.