2011 #1

January 19, 2011

Mylin Brimm - The Gift of Now ... 8x10 acylic on panel and paper...10 Jan 2011

About a year ago, my friend Mylin saw this little quick sketch in my journal of piano keys set upon an abstract background.  He told my right away that it looks like an album cover or something he would want as an album cover.  He wasn’t kidding.  Mylin remembered the sketch and asked if I could create album art with that original sketch in mind for some new songs he was working on.  We talked over some ideas and I listend to some demo’s of the songs.  It was a lot of fun to work on and a dream to work with-in the music community.  Music and art…two of my favorite things.

I will add a post, when the songs are available.

2010 #4

February 24, 2010

the growing tree...30x40 acrylic on canvas and paper...23 Feb 2010

The Growing Tree is a collaborative painting I did with my son’s first grade class.  Instead of fundraisers, the PTA at his school has an annual banquet and silent auction at the local country club.  Each class is responsible for providing a class gift and so “The Growing Tree” is the class gift for this auction.

 The concept for this tree is similar to my winter tree series.  Specifically this one here.  The scale is much larger.  It went from an 8”x8” panel board to 30”x40” canvas. 

Here is the process of how this was created:

 Step 1 – Paint the Background.  I met up with about 10 students who were able to stay a bit after school one day.  I brought in the blank canvas, and easel, a bunch of paints, and cheap brushes and an old bed sheet to protect the floor.  I split the students into groups of two.  I would then squirt some blue and white and maybe mix-in another color onto the canvas the group of two would spread that paint around for a few minutes.  Then it was the next groups turn to repeat that process.  Each group had about 3 or 4 turns.  I encouraged them to paint on top of the previous work and to use big broad strokes…squiggle, circles, and to ride it like a roller coaster.  This created a pretty neat layering of color and gave the background a uniform look rather than 10 individual looks.

 Step 2 – Paint the Circles.  We passed out 22 random pre-cut circles on different colored construction paper to the 22 students in the class.  There are 3 different size circles on the painting – 3”, 3-1/2”, and 4”.  At first I was going to use the same size, but I felt the painting would be more dynamic if the circles were not uniform.  The students were sitting at tables in groups of 3 or 4 and I passed out plates that had the basic colors and paint brushes.  The instruction was that they could paint whatever they want – crazy color designs or more concrete like something you would  find in a tree, but the most important instruction was that they were to paint over the entire circle so that the original color of  paper was not visible.  This was really fun and they all had a good time.

 Step 3 – Paint the Tree.  This was my only visible contribution to the project.  Everything that is black was done by my hand.  Basically, I painted the tree on to the canvas.

 Step 4 – Add the Circles to the Tree.  Once the tree was painted, I used a gel medium to apply the circles onto the canvas.

 Step 5 – Varnish.  After the piece was complete, I added a gloss varnish.  This really make the colors POP!

 This morning I took the painting to the classroom for the kids to enjoy before it is auctioned off this weekend.  I took the above picture with my hand held camera, so I am sorry it is not the best quality.  This was a fun project.  Kids love to paint and I think it turned out well.

Week 48

December 2, 2009

Street Scene and Magazines #2...9x12 Panel Board...01 Dec 2009

I did not originally inted for there to be a “#2” for Street Scenes and Magazines…but as I looked at the orignal, I could imagine what would happen around the corner and off the frame.  I had leftover sheets of painted magazines, so it made since to add a second painting.

Wow!  Only four more paintings left for this year.  I am trying to come up with ideas for a different project for 2010.  Right now I am thinking working on a larger scale.

Week 47

November 25, 2009

Street Scene and Magazines...9x12 panel board...24 Nov 2009

Happy Thankgiving!

This week’s painting is wildly different from my Flint Hills series.  The Flint Hills were so simple in form and minimal in color and this one is just bursting with noise.  I had an image in my mind of what I wanted this to look like and I just kept tinkering with it trying to find that right feeling.  Last night I finally got to a point that I felt it was finished enough to move on.  Any new ideas could be applied to a future painting.  There were many “what ifs…” on this one.

Week 43

October 29, 2009

wk43

Two Drummer Boys...9x12 panel board...28 October 2009

Sorry that this is a bit late.  It took me longer to finish this one mainly due to not having a lot of time to work on it this past weekend.  I went to bed earlier than usual because I am trying to fight an oncoming cold.  Finishing up Halloween costumes also became a priority.

Last week someone cleverly pointed out that I skipped a painting with two people in costume.  The progression has been 1, 3, and 4.  I had not figured this out yet or had really planned a reason for the groupings, but it seems pretty reasonable from to add a two person painting.

I feel like I should be making a children’s counting book:

1 greek goddess shooting at the moon

2 drummer boy slightly out of tune

3 sisters ready for a walk around town

4 little clowns not clowning around
This week I used crayon on painted paper for the background and the boys are on painted paper with graphite detailing.

Week 42

October 20, 2009

Four Little Clowns Not Clowning Around...9x12 Panel Board...19 Oct 2009

Four Little Clowns Not Clowning Around...9x12 Panel Board...19 Oct 2009

My last several paintings have been themed around costumes and I guess I can attribute that to the preperation of homemade costumes that my wife and I are making for the kids for this upcoming Halloween.  But I also like how ‘costume’ or the idea of ‘costume’ can create a certain type of character and adds to the narrative of the story.

When wrestling on the floor with my boys, there is always moment when my four year old will leave the room for a couple of minutes and then coming rushing back with his superhero cape on and a new vigor of strength.

I tried something different on this piece.  The background has no paint but is created only with crayon.

Week 40

October 6, 2009

Moon Costume...9x12 Panel Board...05 Oct 2009

Moon Costume...9x12 Panel Board...05 Oct 2009

I really don’t know where this one came from.  The idea of the subject came from an old time theater photo I had laying around and the background was just an experiment with painted strips from different types of paper including a map of Arkansas.

I have ideas for using and taking from more old-time images.  I think I might move in that direction…oh, and maybe more cows, too!

Week 36

September 9, 2009

Untitled (week #36)...9x12 Panel Board...06 Sept 2009

Untitled (week #36)...9x12 Panel Board...06 Sept 2009

I took a mental break after last week and had nothing prepared for when it came time to paint for week 36.  So I decided to mess with colors and ambiguous shapes in hopes that it would be simple.  It wasn’t as simple as I would have liked.

My original intent with these weekly paintings was for them to be simple and minimal, but I feel like these have been getting more and more complex.   So far I have been enjoying the direction I have taken, but it is starting to take it’s toll (…time and lack of sleep on the weekends.)  I might need to rethink and redefine the simple and minimal.

Week 34

August 23, 2009

Flower Hound...8x12 panel board...22 August 2009

Flower Hound...8x12 panel board...22 August 2009

This is a last minute pet-themed art piece that I am donating for the Art Unleashed 2009 auction that benefits the Humane Society of Kansas City.  I have donated artwork for quite a few years now, but have missed out the last 2 years.  So, I am happy to paticipate again.  In the past, I have done similar beagle style paintings, but with this piece I am keeping it in my style of painted paper.

Week 31

August 7, 2009

Moose Crossing...8x10 Panel Board...3 August 2009

Moose Crossing...8x10 Panel Board...3 August 2009

As part of our recent trip to Colorado, we stayed in Silverthorne at my good friend Tim’s condo which has been nicknamed “the moose.”  I think the story of this nickname came from him seeing a moose walking along the property from his first visit to the place.  The condo itself has a wonderful charm with all things moose related.  I had no idea there was a market for moose hand towel hooks.  I was inspired by all thing moose, so I had to do my own take on this legend.  In my painting, I show the side elevation of the condo with Buffalo Peak in the background which is true to its location.

Week 22

June 2, 2009

Untitled (week 22)...8x10 panel board...01 June 2009

Untitled (week 22)...8x10 panel board...01 June 2009

I have really enjoyed working on this current series of grid and white blocks and there are still many different angles to explore, but it is time to take a break to pursue other ideas.  I still want to contribute to this series here and there, but I would really like to dream up something new right now.

Week 20

May 20, 2009

blue streak...8x10 panel board...20 May 2009

blue streak...8x10 panel board...19 May 2009

Sorry this is a little late.  I had a busy weekend with early mornings, which means I didn’t stay up late into the wee hours of the morning like I usually do.

I never know what to name these pieces.  Mabye it will make since later and I’ll rename the whole series.  I know a songwriter who comes up with the titles to all his songs first and then builds music and the lyrics based on those titles.  If I was good with words, I might someday try that approach.

Week 19

May 12, 2009

Everything (In the Right Place)...8x10 Panel Board...11 May 2009

Everything (In Its Right Place)...8x10 Panel Board...11 May 2009

This version of white grided blocks is about order and rules.  There is a color pattern rotating around a center point and the voids in the white blocks follow certain rules given it’s shape and size.  Previous versions were random and arbitrary, which I very much liked because I didn’t want the piece to look forced or predictable.  Even in the previous versions, I think I was still applying rules to create randomness but just not pattern.  Anyway, I wanted to see what happened if I gave in and allowed the rules and paterns to take over.

Week 18

May 5, 2009

4,3,2,1...8x10 Panel Board...04 May 2009

4,3,2,1...8x10 Panel Board...04 May 2009

…a continuation of color, grid, white boxes, and voids.  I want to work on a few more of these, because I like the look of the whole series together.

Week 17

April 27, 2009

Big City #2...8x10 Panel Board...26 April 2009

Big City #2...8x10 Panel Board...26 April 2009

I wanted to build off the idea of last week’s painting.  I still feel like I can take this in a few different directions.  I like the idea of creating a series of similar themes.  It documents the process and growth for me as I explore an idea, but I also like the unity of the work together.

Week 16

April 19, 2009

 

Big City...8x10 Panel Board...19 April 2009

Big City...8x10 Panel Board...19 April 200

 I realized that my new interest has been white gridded blocks.  I think I just happened upon it, although when I look back on old sketches and notes, it is a recurring doodle.  My 4 year old was watching me work on this.  I asked him what he thought and he told me it looked like a “big city.”