April, 2011

Apr 11

Community centered

In the parade of life we are all participants and spectators. The five figurative works here are my latest in a series of community-inspired subjects. As it is in all the art I create, the subject determines my materials and methods (technique). The pleasure of drawing and painting comes down to getting lost in a world of marks inspired by living.


John Creed, soft pastel on pastel paper This is a colorful, little reflection on a longtime friend and ex-neighbor who I still have the pleasure of seeing at Starbucks on weekends.

Clayton, acrylic on Bristol paper This cute, little redhead belongs to Brianna, an employee at Starbucks.

Don, pencil on paper Don manages sales for a home improvement ‘big box’ store. Communicating something about Don’s warm spirit was my objective.

Kevin, acrylic on Bristol paper Kevin is a mail carrier with a fine mind for trivia and a welcome and engaging spirit to run into at ‘Bucks.


Irv’s Bagel, acrylic on Bristol paper My buddy Irv playfully chides me for buttering my bagel—an adulteration from the view of his upbringing in the Catskills and Fairfax area of L.A. In response to the ribbing I returned the favor by suggesting he mistreats his bagel with donut shop confection. Irv calls me a mensch, which is sweet of him.

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Apr 11

Shift of emphasis

The two pastel paintings shown here are of the same handsome private garden. Each was composed with a difference in mind. The first effort, above, is a smaller painting, 12” x 16”, and includes more ‘real estate’ to left of the walkway, an area that invites the viewer’s eye back into the distance with suggestions of more garden beyond the olive trees and tailored juniper cones.

The second pastel painting is 17″ x 25″ and extends the view in the opposite direction, to the right in order to include more foreground walkway, more stairway and stairway-landing, with part of the residence architecture rising above the gardens. Both views reveal and appeal in subtly different ways.

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Apr 11

Portrait of a portrait gallery

A visit to the Huntington Library led to this scene of quiet reflection in a portrait gallery at the Huntington Library. I began as I usually do by roughly sketching my idea, placing dominant and subordinate shapes within my composition. My goal for this pastel painting was to express a feeling I had that day, emphasizing the subdued lighting in that art space. Figures are rendered in darkened and muted colors, set against the brightly lit gallery walls, polished wood floors, paintings and sculpted portraits. In this way the museum visitors become, in a sense, quietly ‘framed.’

Note that I considered the work done in the second image, detail. However, moments later I went back into the painting to ‘clean up’ the confusion of marks that made up the central figures face. Such finessing is always a risk: “The enemy of good is better.” In this case the painting survived, was improved, mostly. There is an alternative cost to all of our actions. What I lost in the process you can see for yourself by comparing the two details.

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