Tuesday, May 11, 2010


"Power Pole #8(with Contrail)"    SOLD
oil on panel, 2009
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)

"Power Pole #2(Deep Blue)"
oil on panel, 2007
6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

"Power Pole #7(Rain)"    SOLD
oil on panel, 2008
6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Here is part of my Power Pole series. Although everywhere, they are very much like an industrial subject. Most people don't pay much attention to them, if at all. Their fascination for me begins with the fact that, like fingerprints, no two are alike. As a subject for painting there is a lot going on here. All the fundamental shapes of art and design crammed into one object; cylinders, square & rectangular forms, cones, round and spherical forms, triangle and angular forms, elliptical forms, long linear forms, the fluid lines of the wires... but not designed as we think of design... it's really all sort of functionally haphazard... an organized chaos.

#8  A worms eye view. I spotted this pole just as the sun was leaving it to shadow. I love the three transformers, each different... the lean, the taut wires pulling unevenly on the one crossbar. And yet as a painting it still needed something more, something to re-enforce the late time of day, give it some drama.

I love contrails, temporary manmade clouds... ephemeral. They carve up the sky unlike clouds then disappear. Here, it was exactly what was needed. Still catching full sun, cutting at an angle, soft edges against hard, both manmade.

#2  What I liked about this one was, although rather small and simple with it's single cross bar, it was still loaded up with a lot of wires, cables, metal connectors and that black gizmo hanging off the side.

#7  I caught this as the sun temporarily broke through the wind driven rain clouds. One of those days where the elements seem to be competing for attention like some kind of dramatic stage play.6,7,8

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