The Absolute series of paintings often pairs natural elements along side more man-made subject matter. As I explore my surroundings for content that matches with the overall vision of my next piece, I find that my work naturally has corresponding seasons with the world around me. This year’s spring has brought with it new inspirations and new adaptations. Now introducing Absolute: Mend, my latest oil painting. Continue reading to see more of this piece.
Pull up a stool, put a few quarters in the jukebox, and let me pour you a tall glass of soul. Today I debut my latest painting, “Absolute: Struggle”. That’s right, we’re about to get our blues on and it’s never been so blood red.
“Absolute: Struggle” ain’t your run of the mill moody-broody piece that emotes for the sake of being dark. That’s not my style. No, this piece ranks among my most pure soul-inspired paintings to date. It’s part of my deep blues repertoire. And I feel like the most potent blues aren’t merely explorations in pain, but rather a catharsis by the trumpeting of hope through tribulation. For every edge of despair there’s a modicum of pure unbridled exaltation in how one can still feel deeply.
This is one of the absolutes in our lives – that we can (and often do) have a duality of conflicting emotions that are so pervasively deep and yet so polar opposite. I set out to portray this abstract concept in this painting. Like with all blues, nobody wants to hear your song if it’s not a self-portrait of soul. So swill your spirits and scoot closer to the bar. This solo continues after the image.
Yesterday I completed “Absolute: Ignition”, my latest oil painting. It portrays a paper matchstick on a single wild daisy leaf, set amongst a iridescent greenish-blue birdseye maple background. This new hue of the background is a departure from the natural wood color and felt fresh; reminiscent ofmalachitemaybe? Check out the gallery to see the process.
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
To all of you:
My dear family, friends, continued supporters, and anonymous readers whom I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting —
Over the past few weeks I’ve felt compelled to write a letter of thanks to you. I looked internally for the catalyst that drives such an urge. Which monumental checkpoint must my subconscious be promoting so that I’d feel this overwhelming sense of thanks towards you? I started to calculate the separate adventures that you’ve helped me with over the years andI’ve come to this conclusion:
I was searching for that oneevent or reason to thank you. But the truth is, I have plenty of reasons. And they happen everyday. Your support comes in many forms. I thank you all for each.
My first solo show as an artist was 15 years ago. Since then you’ve journeyed to my gallery openings, provided spaces to exhibit my work, made purchases, embraced my online media, strengthened my emotional infrastructure, congratulated me on my graduation from college twice, welcomed me into and out of the teaching world, and encouraged improvements when needed with constructive reinforcements. Whether you are my lifetime art-companion or newly found electronic-media friend, I am grateful for the support you invest into my livelihood as a professional artist.
As my new website turns 1 year old this month, it’s celebrated with over 13,000 views and an ever-growing number of followers who are tuning in each week as I showcase my artwork, introduce my latest exhibition schedules, and learn about my life as an artist. These are 13,000+ endorsements that are in addition to your in-person support.
The phrase, “Thank you” is insufficient in comparison to how I honestly feel. My gratitude is plentiful and I am eager to return the kindness. Your vast forms of support give the vital nutrients and fertile ground from which continued success in the arts can grow. This, I’m truly thankful for.