Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stately Presence























"Vincent Thomas Bridge #1"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
6" x 6" (15.24cm x 15.24cm)

Here is one of my paintings that will be included in the 6" Squared Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery Saturday on December 4th - 23rd. See previous post for show info.

This is a great view of the bridge, it's approach gracefully climbing from the right then plummeting sharply over the other side, dropping into fog.

A Sunday, very little traffic, bright sunlight hitting the towers, a neutral grey sky. A more restrained palette with the darkest tones in the bridge, giving it a formal, stately presence.87

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Friday, November 26, 2010

6" Squared Show


























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Here is the announcement for the upcoming sale and exhibition, at the Randy Higbee Gallery Saturday December 4th.

Artists from all over the United States will have up to 4 works each, so there will be a diverse selection of art on display and for sale, including mine.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

House of Cards

"Catalina Pacific Concrete (View from North)"    SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)

I love this view from the north. It isolates the narrow side of the plant, showing it's skeletal staircase protruding from the front face. The building seems precarious, unstable against the low foreground walls. The leaning power pole and it's threadlike wires further accentuate that perception. It's a house of cards.86

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harbor Line #70 study



















"Harbor Line #70 - study #1"
graphite on paper, 2010
8" x 10" (20.32cm x 25.4cm)
For Sale at Daily Paintworks, CLICK HERE

My Pacific Harbor Line series. The #70 shown here in the sunlight running parallel to a bridge, the same bridge in my painting "Rails, Bridge, Refinery" from the post 'Clarity'.85

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*Update
My Pacific Harbor Line series. I love these black locomotives with their striking graphics. The #70 shown here running parallel to a railway bridge. This gave me a top heavy composition, perfect for the weighty industrial subject. But to prevent it from becoming too crushing I surrounded the locomotive in a softer focused, airy cushion of light.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nov and Dec shows-Small Works

The two previous posts were from the Small Works Show this past weekend. It was a busy two day event and all the staff at Art and Frame Company and Randy Higbee Gallery did a fantastic job presenting it.

Thank you to everyone who came and showed support to us four artists in the exhibition.

There will be another show there the first weekend in December. Lots of great art and artists, the format is 6" x 6". Stop by if your'e free. This show will feature multiple artists. Link for show,     http://www.onlinejuriedshows.com/

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Matrix
















"Power Plant Interior #1"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm )

This painting recently sold at the Small Works Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery.

One of the most fascinating buildings... several stories high... the interior nearly wide open... a matrix of pipes, valves, steel... deep and cavernous.

The light and colors seen here are faithful to the actual site... the walls and pipes painted in these ochres and creams, the floors a mixture of reds and greens, worn and distressed... deep earthy orange reflected light, then the translucent glass filters the outside light... a cool pale yellow.84

See the more recent #2 here and a drawing study here.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yin and Yang























"Oil Plant #4 (Sunlit Grass)"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
6" x 6" (15.24cm x 15.24cm)

This painting was included in the Small Works Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery this weekend.

If it is true that you never feel more alive than when you have had a brush with death, then like death lingering nearby, the dark wooden structure serves to accentuate the burst of light and the live plume of red fountain grass.

Even the old used pipes and valves seem to have new life, seem to be invigorated.

This painting, half dark and half light, is Yin and Yang in it's most basic definition... shade and sun... earth, dark and cold... heaven, heat and light.83


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

End of the Line?


















"Warehouse (w/ Lone Train Car)"
oil on panel, 2010
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)

A warehouse near the LA Harbor. A warm bright day. The old train car sits at the end of the tracks, huddling against the side of the cool toned warehouse, it's skylights like giant ice cubes.

The tracks in the lower right curve away in a different direction, seemingly avoiding the outdated rail relic. Has the train car been forgotten? Is this the end of the line for it?82

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Horizon Fine Art Gallery












Two of my watercolors in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Contact Barbara Nowak at Horizon Fine Art Gallery for purchase: horizonfineartgallery.com, email: HORIZONFINEART@WYOMING.COM


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Drawings




"Power Plant Interior-Study #1"



















"Figure #3"
pencil on paper, 2010
10" x 8" (25.4cm x 20.32cm)
For Sale at Daily Paintworks, CLICK HERE

"Power Plant Interior-Study #1"
graphite on paper, 2010
8" x 10 " (20.32cm x 25.4cm)
For Sale at Daily Paintworks, CLICK HERE

Here are two of my drawings, a quick sketch and a graphite drawing.8o, 81

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*Update
A study from my Power Plant Interior series. Studies like this don't always end up as paintings directly but instead help me get familiar with the subject through drawing.
This one's strength is its diagonal composition, especially the opposing 'u' shaped pipe or duct.
The interior is densely packed & layered, a labyrinth of pipes, ducts, valves, catwalks, mesh, railings, stairs... steel in a concrete cave, deep and cavernous... heavy industry.


See the power plant interior paintings #1here and #2here.