I recently took a week-long trip to visit friends and shoot photos in and around Mendocino. I was trying to relearn how to shoot video with my Nikon camera. Even with a tripod, the footage is shaky. Once home, I combined the Nikon footage with Google Pixel cell phone footage and added other elements using Adobe Premiere Pro. Then I added a soundtrack with some of my late mother's recorded music, syncing it up to the footage in Cubase 11. It's frustrating. A million files are opened and saved all over the computer taking hours to figure out what has gone where and why. And all I ended up with is this short tidbit. But, I kind of like it!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Friday, November 4, 2022
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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1. "Gulls at the Barn Door," 24x18x 1 1/4 oil on hand stretched Belgian Linen 66J
2. "Bird Lovers," 28x22x 1 1/4 oil on hand stretched Belgian Linen 66J
3. "Daffodils and Gazania with Hidden Bird," 10x8x 3/4 on Linen
4. "Skywalker Ranch Hills," 7x5x 3/4," oil on linen
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
I was mocking up a few photo composites as reference for some new oil paintings I was planning, using old family photos. Having learned the hard way that some people are sensitive about memories associated with certain images, I thought to ask permission. Permission was denied! One alternative suggested, by my entomology specialized sister, was to replace human heads with insect heads, as I had been doing with bird heads. I tried a few versions, but they all looked quite unattractive. The best was this photo composite with a few pen & ink insects drawings covering the faces. I kind of like it for what it is, but it will not be the basis for any future oil paintings.
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Oil on Linen 8x10. Latest edition to my bird/flower series. The Candelabra flower is from a photo shot at the UC Berkeley Botanic Gardens.
Saturday, August 20, 2022
1. One Flew Over the Puffin Tryst: Oil on Belgian Linen 18x18x1 1/4
2. The Courtship: Oil on canvas 20x24x1 1/2
6. Sunflowers & Hibiscus: Oil on canvas 8x10x 1 1/2
3. Capped Parrot in Mendocino: Oil on Belgian Linen 22x28x 1/1/4
4. A Lot Going On (Cartoon style): Oil on Linen 12x16x 5/8
5. Bird Lovers: Oil on Belgian Linen 22x28x 1 1/4
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Saturday, July 23, 2022
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1. Soft Landing: Red Crow on a Magnolia Flower - 8x10 oil on linen
2. Bald Eagle Flying over a Fractured Rainbow - 8x10 oil on canvas
3. 4 Parakeets in a Arthur Dove Inspired Sunset - 11x10 oil on canvas
4. In Process: Three Girls in a Raft - 8x10 oil on linen
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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1. Checkered Toucan: Women's size M
2. Blue-headed Parrot: Women's size M
3. Blue-legged Roadrunner: Youth size L
4. Funky Office Supplies Bird (original designed fabric): Youth size M
5. Funky Checkers Bird: Youth size M
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Monday, June 6, 2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022
I was taking photos around town and encountered this very innovative display. Luckily a woman was nearby and, when queried about the artist, she said she and her son had created the artwork. Using Lego bricks, they made a very unique Little Library sculpture around the free library box in front of their house. Love this!
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Monday, May 2, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
From a photo shot in the East Bay in 2016, at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, I created a polymer plate in a recent course taken at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, taught by Kazuko Watanabe. I then used that one image to create a number of prints on Fine Art Paper (Arches and Fabriano). Most of my efforts used the process of Chine Colle (adhering pre printed Kozo and other Japanese papers with Nori paste, by placing them on top of an inked plate, then adding damp paper and running it all through a press) In all of the images above, except for the final image, I've digitally added a mat board.
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1. Chine Colle using a semi sheer colored Kozo paper print with added clouds
2. A roll up on the plate of various degrees of transparent inks
3. A simple black ink print
4. Chine Colle using a colored paper print with an original pattern design
5. Chine Colle adding a grid and Crane drawing
6. Chine Colle adding a drawing of a man done on a Costa Rica vacation years ago
7. Cine Colle adding color, clouds and a small bird
8. Chine Colle adding a fractal design, and a drawing of a bird done in Ibiza
9. Chine Colle adding color, clouds and two drawings of flying crows
10. A mono print using two colored oil based inks painted directly onto the inked plate
11. Chine Colle of transparent color and new clouds on very soft, deluxe Fabriano Paper
Monday, April 11, 2022
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Happy to announce I now have my own website with a collection of original artwork for sale. Will be updating the selection periodically. Check it out!
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022
1. Somehow the abstract painting I was thinking of painting (#5) has turned into a Dodo bird painting. Maybe this is because I'm in the process of painting another Dodo painting (more on that later,) or just because birds seem to appear in many of my paintings of their own volition.
2. In 2012, I began a large 36x36 oil painting of The Big Wave, based on a series of nightmares I had over many years.
3. The Big Wave painting included a childhood image of myself looking out of the canvas, oblivious to the danger. Then I added a bunch of other people who were looking at the wave. The execution of the final painting didn't work out (no photo documentation exists of the failed painting).
4. In 2015, I over painted The Big Wave with a white textured background and put the painting in the garage (to join an increasing number of other paintings.) Now that I'm re-enamored of oil painting, I'm resurrecting old works and painting over them.
5. In 2021, I created a digital composite of a blueprint to over paint the over painted Big Wave painting with a colorful abstract background. Part way through the process, a bird head appeared. Now, in 2022, the painting (#1) has turned into a Dodo bird painting. But my childhood self, in the yellow two- piece bathing suit, is still there. I'm tentatively calling this new painting the "Dodo Tamer." It's nearly done, I think, at least for now.