From December 2008

Second Draft

24 x 24 / oil on canvas / 2008
24 x 24 / oil on canvas / 2008

I’m calling this piece Second Draft. The first time I painted this old Remington (only a few weeks ago) it appeared on a very dark background. Unfamiliar territory. So I fretted and stirred and resolved myself by painting it a second time in more familiar territory. I’m sure I’ll experiment further with other tones in the background but it’s a slow process.

Goodbye 2008. I’m glad to see you go, you miserable year with your dismal news headlines. I plan on hiding in my studio doing the best work I possibly can for 2009. I’m actually optimistic about that.

Saying “Happy New Year” doesn’t feel empty and pointless this year. I really, truly hope it is a Happy New Year.

Some Paintings – 2008

This is a small sample of some paintings completed in 2008. I thought it would be nice to make a presentation in video. I uploaded a high quality version to YouTube, so if you have broadband, please click the “watch in high quality” link directly below the video on the YouTube site because there’s nothing worse than witnessing your paintings turn into a fuzzy, washed-out mess in a video. Still, I think it’s pretty cool to have this tool at my fingertips.

Eventually (I stress eventually) I want to make some videos of the paintings in progress. Major hurdles include being a control freak and not owning a camera to record the process.