The Power of Threes

I used to make a very promising start to a painting, but then I'd hesitate: What if I ruin it? What if I cant make anything good happen? This led to a pile of unfinished paintings, some of which I never returned to. Now, I start three of everything. There is always potential to go…

Searching for Style

Exploring new frontiers of painting, experimenting with abstraction, I've had fun flinging color around, and finding some happy accidents. But a sense of style and direction that's my own is still elusive. What's great is I can always create stormy chaos of color and shape. The theme of Wildness is compelling, but maybe not enough…

Rust

empty steel mills in Johnstown PA

Back in April I I started this industrial landscape. I love the hulking steel monuments of Johnstown, how they loom over the river landscape, shadows of their former fiery presence. This is 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas. First draft: in some ways I still love this the way it is. But I have such…

Following the BreadCrumb Trail

In October I joined the free 'Breadcrumbs' class from Art2Life. For five days we had live Zoom calls with painter Nicholas Wilton and his team, an incredibly generous offering. Over five days Nick led us on a journey along our own trail of breadcrumbs. With a thematic question each day, I headed into the unknown:…

Turtle Tale

After success with the “blob painting” technique I wanted to go a step further. The delight of blob painting is what shows up, like images in the clouds. Starting a larger piece on better paper, my initial blobs were without intent, just color and movement. I don’t have a photo of that stage, but you…