After painting just a couple of pieces that included the images of crows, I became aware that those who follow my work were as fascinated by these creatures as I am….so every once in a while I paint a piece that features a blackbird expressing human characteristics marked by logic, bewilderment, vocal dissent, grief or cunning,
Up Against the Wall: Bye Bye Blackbird, 2014
untitled, 2014, acrylic on canvas
Unholy War: Death by Fruitloop, 2015, oil on canvas
Things Are Exactly As They Appear, 2014, acrylic on canvas
Inspired by an article I read about quantum physics–something about the observation of protons being fired through a slot that caused the physicists to conclude that things that happen in the future determine what happens in present time….at least that’s what I understood….or didn’t….and that prompted me to think of predictions of the future, fortune tellers and the ever present disbelieving crow. Well, what is it that they say about observations?
Of course, I hadn’t planned on turning this little painting into a saga, but at this point it looks like the more I paint on one element, the more other elements respond negatively. Argh. On the good side, I’m liking how its developing overall. Dealing with two separate light sources, one from the crystal ball and one from this cradled magic orb of light (most likely a proton) is proving to be a bit of a challenge and a lot of imagination. If only I could get a better picture without all the glare.
fortune teller detail from work in progress, oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″
The strange part about posting the detail of a painting, a work in progress, is that the viewer has no context…I’m going for an expression, one of well, disbelief…as if the crow is j u s t n o t b u y I n g it….whatever it is.
detail, work in progress, oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″
A couple of months ago, my son introduced me to an article the title of which prompted this work in progress. Scientists show future events decide what happens in the past. I kid you not. I read the article, watched the demonstration, watched a YouTube cartoon that tried to put the theory into some sort of layman’s terms (by then I was exhausted) tried to think about it and I sketched out a fortune teller, a smoking crow and a crystal ball. It’s a work in progress.
I’ve just been layering on paint, subtle tone changes in yellows until I got to this and proclaimed it done! I like the grid, although the eye tends to wander off to the right and just sit there for a while, those mountains awkwardly bring you back.
I started this piece about a week ago. Although it looks simple, it’s not…really. Yellow (well, there is a lot of yellow!)
work in progress, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″
presents me with some disorientation to other colors…oh, that and I think it might have something to do with my choice of painting a ground of deep blue, Prussian Blue to be exact, with some linseed oil, and a dab of varnish. It’s a work in progress.
The ability to create a story within an image. It’s a very satisfying adventure—mixing and pushing colors around until those figures are placed just so….wait….what is that rock? And why does one figure appear to be concentrating, not on the divine light or the exotic landscape, but fixed on the figure standing precipitously close to the edge…haha…between a rock and a hard place? Or not. There’s a story there somewhere….