Friday, December 31, 2010

wishing you all...

a very happy new year.

Thank you to all who have followed my humble & sporadic blog both recently & over the long haul!
and thank you especially to those who have supported and encouraged me along my artistic path. It's been a good year.

Truthfully, I tend to see it as a continuous flow, without big divisions at years beginning and end-- I don't tend to get caught up in 'the year's best' etc... Yet tradition encourages us to look back at what we've accomplished & experienced-- and forward to what we desire.

And so I say, It's been a good year!
And there is still so much to make & want & see & do!


(image made with 'brushes' app on an iphone + photoshop words)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Today: Gauguin

Gauguin was a favorite of the little group with whom I toured the DeYoung Post-Impressionist Exhibition last week (see also Cezanne, below). Here are a couple of the paintings that were there.

Tony knew the backstory to some of 'em, as I gave him this book last year, a big thick volume extensively following the couple of weeks Gauguin & Van Gogh spent working together in the South of France-- and he actually read it.

He knew for example that Gauguin was not terribly happy with the landscape shown here...
I'd call it a good day's work!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I bring you Cezanne

On Thursday last week Tony & his mother, Alice, & I visited the DeYoung in SF, where the Post-impressionist collection from the Musee d'Orsay is visiting... It was a beautiful sun-sparkled winter day, and it was great to stand before these masterworks, close enough to touch their brushstrokes-- you know, when the crowds would part a bit.

So, in honor of that excursion, I bring you some Cezannes-- though none of those shown here were actually in the show.

When I do my large tree paintings, I try to channel a little Cezanne, truth be told.

Show continues through Jan.18th. Deyoung Exhibition info here.

As always, click to see larger.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing you all the best that the season has to bring.

And promising far more posting of actual paintings in the New Year!

(one more from the 'Brushes' app for iphone. with photoshop for text.)

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

'brushes' compositions: featuring a return to our regularly scheduled color palette!

click on any image to enlarge it,
and scroll down for more info...

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Two more...

small iphone paintings made with 'Brushes'. (see previous post)

After seeing the previous batch of paintings all together here, I decided to try starting from some darker background tones...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Experiments with 'Brushes'

I was recently checking out a cover of the New Yorker illustrated by David Hockney and speculating on its medium. A short time later, a facebook friend posted a link to an article about Hockney, and his daily practice of drawing on his iphone, or ipad with the 'Brushes' application.

As a fairly new iphone user, I figured maybe I should give it a try...
Above are some of my experiments of the first week. Like photoshop, it's composed of layers-- but you're drawing with your fingertip on that 2 x 3ish" screen of your phone... it's some fun, and a good way to while away a long dark car drive, say (for the passenger anyway...)
The article with David Hockney is here.

P.S. you can see here that my predisposition towards certain colors is firmly entrenched, regardless of medium.
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