I worked with an architect to design my studio. I am now 7 years in on this dream. I’m always seeing things I want to change. The truth is I am super fortunate to have such a great creative space. A place to focus my skills and imagination. Restless as my spirit is, I would still hate to walk away. Time doesn’t stop and work continues until it doesn’t.
A meditative little waterscape painting on a dark Friday morning. I am still painting these 12”x16” boards… I will have to switch it up a bit. Enjoy the weekend.
Starts and Ends
I have been painting a lot of forest scenes recently. It occurred to me that this is a pattern I have followed for a few years in the fall. The low sun this time of year is beautiful and haunting. It drives home the temporary quality of our existence.
An older piece from a few years back. This one has that elusive magic that drives me forward. Making a living as an artist is a difficult task. More than simply earning enough to pay the bills. For me it is a calling and the core of this one and only life. I know most people don’t really understand that, even close friends.
I was so shocked to hear that a friend of mine passed away. He always reached out and made the effort that friendship requires. We commiserated over the death of Mark Lanegan (one of my favorite musicians) earlier this year. He so generously “liked” so many of my Facebook art posts that he was awarded a “top fan” badge… he said it made him feel like Kathy Bates from the movie “Misery”, I told him I appreciated it. He messaged me in May to wish me a happy birthday. I did not know that would be the last time I would talk to him.
Today I learned from one of my buddies that Jason Briggs had died. I went to his FB account and was horrified to learn he passed away on June 13th. It is painfully obvious that he was a much better friend to me than I ever was to him. So many people posted about his kindness and generosity on his FB page. I am glad so many people cared about him, I hope he felt that love in his life.
If you happen to follow me on Instagram, sorry for any nonsense there. My account was hacked and stolen. It has been my means of self promotion for 7 years, even though it is a frustrating platform.
Late Times (last day)
Today marks the conclusion of my solo exhibit “Dreams Between Darkness” at RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. The show encapsulates a years worth of studio work. Strange to see it wrapping up. This particular paintings was one of the more surreal pieces in a show featuring 21 paintings.
Tree of Light
I just finished this dark intriguing piece. I posted it here a while back as a WIP. I am locked up in the studio scrambling to get paintings finalized for my upcoming solo show. The exhibit will be in Astoria, Oregon at the RiverSea Gallery! The show opens June 11th.
Only Passing Through
We had a pretty loud lightning and hail storm on Lake Pend Oreille yesterday. A little bit of excitement as winter slowly gives up the ghost.
The Gift (final)
I am taking some high resolution studio photos of recent work. This hopeful painting is willfully contrary to all the dark news. I wish I could focus on the gifts in life.