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Another World

August 19th, 2010

This is the first of a series of paintings done with the same colors. The figures came to me in a dream about being on another planet with limited colors and strange angular figures. The figures are humanlike without being human. You will see these figures occasionally pop up in other paintings of mine. For example, take a look at my painting PURPLE ORANGE AND WHITE, also shown here.

Sugar Plum Tree

August 19th, 2010

I had an awful lot of help doing this painting. It was done on Christmas Day 20 years ago. I set up the canvas after dinner and everyone in the house (13 people) put at least one brush stroke on the canvas. My youngest daughter named the painting.

Car Bundles

August 19th, 2010

The inspiration for this painting came to me when I visited a recycling plant that crushed all kinds of metal junk. While there, I watched automobiles get crushed in giant presses. The result was neatly stacked bundles that eventually found their way to some scrap reclamation foundry. When you look at Bundles you are really looking at Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, Hondas and Toyotas in a grave yard.

Tulips

August 19th, 2010

This was inspired by the great Georgia O"Keefe. I love tulips almost as much as the Dutch. I'll bet that most of you non-Dutch, did not know that tulips were so valuable to the Dutch economy once upon a time, that when their value collapsed it caused a major depression in the Dutch economy. May tulips be with us always.

Red Shift

August 19th, 2010

This is one of a trio of paintings that grew out of a dream wherein, I found myself looking at the whole Universe at once. The companion paintings are "Black Hole" and a painting I have not posted as yet called "The Green Universe." They were originally intended to hang as a trio of paintings. However, I later decided to individualize them. The name Red Shift comes from the scientific notion about light from an object that is proportionally shifted, to appear more "red" toward the red end of the visible spectrum. You got that? Look it up. I've gone as far as I can go.

Black Hole

August 19th, 2010

Black Hole is a companion of the two paintings (Red Shift & The Green Universe) that I mentioned in the previous blog. I am sure you all know that a black hole is a region in space from which nothing, including light, can escape. I am told that every thing near it plunges into it, never to be seen again. Could this be the ultimate fate of our wonderful globe?

The Mountain

August 19th, 2010

The feature in this painting is the Mountain. People live around it, of course, but I was trying to capture the Mountain with its snow cap...that has probably been there for eons. Unfortunately that snow cap is in jeapordy and as we write, maybe even gone. That is a shame and we all should be concerned if human activity has anything to do with that. Did you notice the little ground snake. The puppy did.

Bottle Jumper

August 18th, 2010

On more than one occassion I have had directed at me a comment about the "phallic" symbolism of this painting. The thought never crossed my mind. The spirit of the painting comes from a music and dancing show, by Gypsies, that I once saw in France. The model and angle for the figure came from a photograph of an Olympic skater. The glass jar was just an after thought to fill space. There, nothing "phallic" about that, I hope you would agree.

Light Blue Stripes

August 18th, 2010

I just started painting stripes of different colors one day. I had no idea what the painting would ultimately look like. When I finished, I liked it.

Red Yellow White

August 18th, 2010

Eighty percent of the hardedge abstracts I have done in my life had some combination of these colors with others. Usually there was a bright red background. In some ways they are my signature colors. One day I will cover a skyscrapper with these colors.

 

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