This is a gift for someone, and although I am pleased with the finished product, I have been really surprised at the positive response I have gotten for it because I don’t think it’s my best work– it’s fine. It is a bit frustrating (for me) as an artist to share work that is really meaningful that doesn’t seem to touch many, but when I paint a recognizable landscape, people are overwhelmingly complimentary as has been the case with this piece. I suppose this is another lesson in doing what resonates with you, rather than what outside feedback from the masses tells you to do.
Red Rocks amphitheater, 11″ x 14″, 2018- mixed media with bronze and gold ink highlights on paper.
2018, mixed-media on archival paper, 11″ x 14′
This is a painting I did almost two decades ago (!). I recently came across this quote that I think fits it perfectly:
“We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Untitled, oil on canvas, 2000
“Love of mine, someday you will die,
But I’ll be close behind and I’ll follow you into the dark,
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white,
Just our hands clasped so tight, waiting for the hint of a spark…”
– Death Cab For Cutie, I Will Follow You Into The Dark
2018, mixed-media on paper, 11″ x 14″
My muse has been stalled this week so I forced myself to work on an old sketch just to keep painting. I titled it ahogando, which is spanish for drowning and it’s based on a song by TV On The Radio, “Staring at the Sun”:
“You’re staring at the sun, standing in the sea, your mouth is open wide, you’re trying hard to breathe, the water’s at your neck, there’s lightning in your teeth, your body’s over me”
But maybe I should just call it, “Trump Presidency”.
2018, mixed-media on archival paper, 14″ x 11′