I have been thinking about doing these paintings for awhile which is really most of the process of painting... just thinking and working it out. It could take years or days and if it's meant to be, it'll make it to the canvas.
The reason why I wanted to do these paintings... I started to think about the apparent division in this country and the vitriol on both sides and it seems more now that I have ever seen. Maybe I notice it more because I'm older. Anyhow, I had heard that tactics of division have been used throughout history to control people. I feel that's where we are now. So I decided to put it in my art. The paintings can be taken any number of ways and I'm curious if anyone will get it and what their interpretations will be.
It's been a very busy time for me. Just returned from a short trip to Bethesda to drop off 4 paintings and now I'm finishing up paintings for the Weslyan College Show which need to be dropped off in a few weeks.
Great News! Just found out that I'm showing with the all time, most awesome photographer, William Wegman! Wish I could be there for the show, but it's too far away and I have lots to do. Did I mention that?
I absolutely love her jewelry and when I saw her on Facebook, I immediately made friends and talked about a trade.
When Rodney suddenly passed, she asked me to do a portrait of him and I mentioned to her that if she ever wanted to use some of my paintings in her jewelry she was welcome to. Well, we signed contracts and it is in the works. I'm so excited to see what she comes up with and will post when I get photos.
Also, In Dog Art Today there is the story of "Darby", a recent painting I did for a friend.
For the past week and a half I have been at my lake house in Florida visiting with my family, painting, and resting. In a few weeks I'm going to Bethesda, MD and drop off 4 paintings at the Strathmore Cultural Center. And then in a few more weeks I'm driving up to Rocky Mount, NC to drop off 18 more paintings at Weslyan College. So I have been painting furiously on larger paintings and trying to keeping up with portraits... All while being in the most peaceful place I know. It's been nice.