Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A couple recent images.
The first is a watercolor of a darter that I did this weekend. I have an ongoing series of fish drawings and watercolors that I do for myself. I haven't painted a fish in a long while, and have never done one of a darter.
The second larger painting of Monday when it was sooooo windy on the river, and probably everywhere else.
The third is more from the fog at Goose Island.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I painted these two a couple weeks ago. I got wet and so did everything else. It is very frustrating when you see something you like and the paint doesn't want to stick to the surface. Oil and water....
At the same time it gets me to do something different and sometimes that texture is really cool. Getting outside of myself at this stage in my career is usually a good thing. I want to keep growing and pushing. But this was a beautiful night to be sitting outside over looking a lake. I respond to the way the water and sky become abstract, probably just like Turner.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I have been busy framing and getting a new job and stuff. But I think I finished this one this week. It is a farm on Madison Street in Waukesha that is getting dilapitated and is lying dormant. The trees in the field remind us that it is no longer a working family farm, and the building seems to fade into a memory.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Painted in New Berlin on Woelfel Rd and Observatory Rd . It was sad to see the land subdivided and for sale. Perhaps that is one of the few good things about the recession is less development. Of course that is such a stupid word, as the land was more developed when it was a healthy forest two hundred years ago than it is today. There are three old farms in a short stretch that are solemn and fitting to my sensibilities. The sky was faded and heavy, but it was cold and in the end rainy. I like the consistency of the light, but it was mundane. It feels old when I am there. I feel the structure of a way of life that once thrived still standing. It feels dead, as that system for the most part doesn’t exist. Seems like all that is grown now is hay and corn. Perhaps we will come to our senses and make that most of these places before they are all in a state of disrepair
Monday, March 30, 2009
A few images from Sunday. I wanted to paint the snow one last time this year. It is funny how no matter how much I look forward to spring I am always sad to see the snow leave. By the time I got out in the afternoon, the snow had passed and the sky was clearing. The sun seems so much warmer now, as I had to roll the window down and take my jacket off. It could not have been because I was doing hot paintings, a pretty non stellar day but, I got ideas and that doesn't happen as often as I would like it.