still life with whine

And, you thought I’d finally given up painting?  Well, it has been a while since I’ve done anything worth sharing.   This is what is on the easel at the moment, a nice piece featuring a glass of spilled wine – – spillage without breaking the glass!  It’s a miracle!  A glass saved…although, saved or not, I can’t help but wonder if that bow had anything to do with it.  It’s a work in progress – needing much more paint!  Oil on cheap canvas,

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work in progress, oil on cheap canvas, 36″ x 36″

36 ” square.

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and after.

My muse introduced me to the M-Theory of quantum physics.  I am always amused by things that I cannot quite comprehend.  That theory posits there are 11 dimensions, and that time is composed of crystals formed by three dimensional equilateral triangles, the smallest length of which (the Planck length) is so small – – – well, the idea confounds me.  But, that’s why we have a crystal, front and center here in this piece.  And yes, while I rarely make statements about any of my paintings, I will say, this crystal is meant to represent time.  Everything else is up to you!

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“The Night Shift,” 2017, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

before…(after is probably nearer than I think)

Sometimes I feel like, well, in the case of me and my art-making, that painting is a little like constructing a sentence.  The piece needs a subject…without a subject, well, you don’t really have anything….  That’s because, from my perspective, I work with a subject in mind….but, I’m painting along and suddenly I’ve come to realize that I do not know what the subject is here….it’s just too ambiguous I think.  And, there.  I’ve said nothing as well.

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.

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

Ok, now you can call it a trend…

The Editors at Clamor, the Arts & Literary Journal at the University of Washington Bothell evidently found a compelling interest in the series [/life in the Matrix] and I’m pleased to announce each of my submissions has been selected for publication in the upcoming 2017 edition. Thank you Editors!These pieces challenge the acceptance of propaganda that disposes with the truth by pointing to an imaginary reality and part of series of work designed as [/life in the Matrix].My intention is clear, while the narrative might not be immediately recognizable, my art encourages the viewer to take a long look. In creating these pieces the visual clues I use are often contextually abstract and subjects are placed in improbable circumstances, bordering on the surreal, but based in realism.