2011 #17

December 30, 2011

Nativity…(3) 4×12 acrylic on paper and canvas…24 Dec 2011

These three paintings were a Christmas gift for my mom.  She hinted that she would like a nativity scene.  I employed the help of my three kids to make it a family project.  They did all the painting of colors.  I simply cut and assembled.  If I ever did children’s book illustrations, it would probably be in this style.

 

 

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2011 #8

May 18, 2011

Circular #2...9x12 acrylic on blueprint and panel...17 May 2011

I like a clear idea, unity of a theme and running with it for a while.  I may do one, two, or three more of these circular abstracts.

2011 #7

May 10, 2011

Circular #1...9x12 acrylic on blueprint and panel...08 May 2011

A few months ago, I salvaged from the bin a nice collection of old blueprints.  I have been eyeing them and waiting for the right opportunity to incorporate them into one of my paintings.  So I am going to test them out on a couple of circular abstracts.

-Sam

2011 #6

April 19, 2011

lines and squares...4x5 acrylic on paper and panel...18 April 2011

This is how I work…I paint paper on a drafting table.  I almost always use scrap paper under the paper I am painting to protect the table from overpaint.  Sometimes I find that the scrap paper with the overpaint of different colors has a unique randomness and I see potential.

This has always been one of my themes and a goal of my work:  TO FIND BEAUTY AND POTENTIAL IN THE TRASH, LEFTOVER, DISCARDED, BROKEN AND UNINTEDED.

So I look at the piece of grided paper with random paint splotches and try to figure out how to make it interesting.  I debated several ideas and go for a line patern with a limited color wash and then I cut away with my knife.

Sometimes, I just need to do a quick project.

2011 #2

January 24, 2011

fools gold...4x5 acrylic on paper and wood...22 Jan 2011

This painting happened by accident.  I feel like I am always trying to clean up my studio.  I made such an attempt this weekend only to be distracted by a piece of scrap paper that I was about to throw away.  This paper was originally placed under other paper that I was painting to protect my table.  I saw a little segment on this paper that I thought was interesting and I started to work with it.  I found an 4″x5″ architectural wood veneer sample that I used as my background.  This is why I can never finish cleaning my studio…too many distractions.

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 #17

August 17, 2010

First House to Fly (pg. 87)...8x10 acyrlic on paper and panel...13 August 2010

A few years ago, I was at the library browsing through their used book bin and I found one called Sketchbook with Voices.  I am always working through a sketchbook, so I picked it up for a dollar.  This wasn’t your typical blank page sketchbook…it looked like a normal book with a cover art and the names of the authors who compiled the book.  Oh, and the book looked about 20 or 30 years old.  The Voices in this sketchbook where the words of many different comtemporary artists put into the pages to create a sort of assignment for that page.

My painting above is page 87 and the title First House to Fly is a scramble from the words of Alice Aycock:

…Make a sculpture that will enable you to fly.  Build a fragment that contains your memories of a first house…

Week 37

September 15, 2009

Office Plant...6x12 panel board...14 September 2009

Office Plant...6x12 panel board...14 September 2009

I am not quite ready to start my next series, which I am still trying to figure out.  I have been super busy with work, coaching, games, and art shows.  I just need a bit of a mental break.  So in the meantime, here is a plant that is on my desk at work.  Last Friday, before leaving for home I had not prepared anything to paint, so I looked at my desk and sketched it up.