Barbie as the observer…

This piece came into being some four years ago—the last time North Korea dominated the headlines with threats of destroying the west coast of the United States. I’ll just leave that there…..Barbie says it all.

Nukes, 2013

Nukes, 2013, mixed media on canvas board. Yes, that’s Kim Jong Un as a paper mask.

Rapeseed Fields, 2015

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.

Rapeseed Fields, 2015, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

Rapeseed Fields, 2015, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Rapeseed Fields…somewhere in China

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"

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.

Do you know what the greatest part of the act of painting is?

untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

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….