2010 #20

November 4, 2010

Awakening (melancholy ghost)...30x40 acyrlic on canvas and paper...23 Oct 2010

Dry Bones...group exhibit...739 Flash Space...Lawrence, KS

Dry Bones...group exhibit...739 Flash Space...Lawrence, KS

This is the piece that I currently have on display as part of the Dry Bones exhibit – a group memento mori show about mortality with a focus on regeneration.

With the theme of Dry Bones and a focus on memento mori (which means, remember your mortality), I had a general idea of what I wanted this piece to convey.  But working on it over the last few weeks, the piece as spoken to me in different ways and each are plausible explanations.  So I won’t try to explain the meaning other than I tried to do a tradition memento mori painting.

I have subtitled this piece Melancholy Ghost…here is why.  Over the past few months, I have been listening quite a bit to the Choir’s new album, Burning Like the Midnight Sun.  After I had finished the painting, I happened to be listening to the song off that album called That Melancholy Ghost and for the first time I saw the lyrics in a new light due to my work on this painting.  Here are a few lines:

Just

Yesterday

Your laughter filled the room

Filled the room

Life

Is known to play

Unfunny tricks on you

The stars

Danced into your dreams

Then vanished

Before your eyes

Sad child

Go on cry

That melancholy ghost is haunting your heart

Sad child

Go on cry

That melancholy ghost

Is haunting your young heart

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2010 #14

June 29, 2010

boy with boat...8x8 acrylic on paper and panel, pencil...28 Jun 2010

The blue colors of this painting is the leftover paint from the background of the Spring version of the Hedge Apple Tree.  I didn’t have a much leftover, so I grabbed a nearby architectural magazine and applied the remaining paint before it all dried up.

I have two more sheets with leftover paint applied to them and I keep looking at them and trying to find the potential.  I know its there, but I am waiting for it to hit me.  I like these little projects…they are like design challenges.  Make something creative and beautiful…out of this!  You have till midnight.

2010 #1

February 1, 2010

workmanship...11x14 panel board...31 january 2010

January has been a really busy month for us that ended with an open house exhibition of  my 52 paintings from 2009.  The prepartion for this exhibition was a lot of work…from painting the 3 main rooms (living, dining, kitchen), to prepping the artwork (painting the edges of the panel board and installing hanging wires), to hanging all the artwork, to creating invites (and trying to invite friends to come in a way that doesn’t feel awkward-“come see my work!”)…Let’s see, what else did we do?  Oh yeah, cleaned the house and my wife made a lot of delicious food.  That was hard work, but the end result was a very fun and joyous time.  I was delighted and humbled that so many people came and they all offered me nice and encouraging words.

In the middle of all of that I was finally able to complete a new painting to kick off the new year.  “Workmanship” is part of the “Little Things (I should have said and done)” series.  I feel like I need a nice little nap and then I’ll be ready to jump back in the studio for some more work.