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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cuss.

I created some new large works on paper that I have been trying to attach to canvas with matte medium.  The paintings on the lighter weight drawing paper went down fine...eventually.  However, the largest one that I did on 140 lb. watercolor paper will NOT lay down on the canvas.  At least not without buckling. I think I am going to stomp on it.  Maybe that will work.  And if it doesn't, I think it will at least make me feel better.


Here is a picture of the painting that is making me want to cuss.  A lot.
See the buckles I'm talking about?  Not good.




These two did come around. Finally.




And since I've been on the paper lately...I couldn't resist shooting these with the glare of sun coming in through the windows.




I like how the shadow of the brushes lies below...as if they are inspecting their work.  I may have breathed in too many paint fumes today.

Happy Mardi Gras!!!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

We don't work when there's snow, y'all.

It snowed about four inches in Louisiana last night and this morning.  This may not sound newsworthy to some people, but around here we just don't get snow very often...and definitely not snow that stays on the ground.  In fact, the last time it really snowed here I think I was a freshman in college.  So today I did not make paintings.  Today, we made snowballs and snow angels.  And a very cool snowman.  He survived about three hours.

Here are Jackson and Julian with our frozen friend.

We couldn't resist a photo op with the snow dude.

Julian making a snow angel.

Jackson got me.


Again.  A ruthless kid.


Ok, so the snow was fun.  But it's over now, and that's okay because we all need to go back to work.  Besides, we're ready for summer!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Das right!!! I mean, here is a new painting.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this painting, finished last week.  It is a commissioned piece for a residence in Telluride, CO.  It was challenging, and nice to break away from the norm.  Although the title, Spanish Moss Hanging Quietly.  Preparing for Nothing, Expecting No One, for me evokes a heavy, swampy stillness, there is a similar quiet stillness and density on a snowy mountainside.  There is a wall of windows in the space where the painting will be installed that overlooks the poplars.  It sounds beautiful and very peaceful.  

Oh yeah, one more thing...WHO DAT!!!  Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.  Geaux Saints!!!!!!!!

Spanish Moss Hanging Quietly.  Preparing for Nothing, Expecting No One.
72" x 72" (total dimensions)
ink, acrylic, oil, graphite, charcoal, oil pastel on canvas