Archive for July, 2008

I wish I could

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I feel like I havn’t said much of anything lately with deadlines, projects and ideas imploding in my head I can hardly still the mind long enough to formulate a coherent paragraph. This is when I need to have powers of meditation.

I made an off the cuff comment a couple of days ago about wishing I could paint like Mark Ryden in another forum (yeah this isn’t the only place where I yak!). This was on the heels of seeing this video that a friend posted :

The little tune was immensely annoying and at first I didn’t care much for the piece, however, when it took a twisted turn I liked it more. I’m that way, I like the element of surprise, even shock sometimes, not for shocks sake per se, but for making me think, making me question my prejudices, or preconceived notions about art, why does it rubs me the wrong way, and, this leads me to discover what I value, (and don’t value) or can appreciate about the effort but I digress.

So, I was taken by the reaction a few people made to my comment; “I wish I could paint like Mark Ryden” which completely took me by surprise. Ryden was on my mind because I had just viewed his website (again) ( ) as that is where the video led me, being curious after all who was behind it which as it turned out was a collaboration between Ryden and Peck who have similar painting style.

Truthfully, it could have been any one of a myriad (a word that there is no reason to avoid 🙂 of painters whom I admire. My all time favorite being Francis Bacon (I know some of you already know that:D) whose visceral images provoke careful attention at the least and pure emotive surging at the most. Heh, and who can’t respect an artist whose studio looks like this:

From those environs genius presented itself! and oH yeah, I WISH I could paint like Bacon

And then there is Joe Sorren, Camille Rose Garcia, Jean Michelle Basquiat, Salvador Dali, just to name a few, I am sure you have your favorites too

So, yeah. I admire their technical ability as it makes possible the stuff outside of photorealism, the manifestation of pure imagination, you can see more than what is on the canvas you can see what is going on in the minds eye. Ideally, You can actually glimpse, feel the artists soul. This occurs in music, in film, in poetry, in writing even in architecture, in so many forms of expression, who wouldn’t want to aspire to that, I can’t think of anything more compelling, more inspiring than effective expression. Some might say that Mother theresa, Gandi were living art forms, while people may aspire to such greatness few get there. Heh, but of course, Gandi and Ryden are in altogether two different leagues (so I got off on a tangent)! But in the realm of art and aesthetics, I see nothing wrong with desiring the ability to ‘touch’ the viewer. So I guess that is really what I admire in those painters, the ability to touch someone, its that ability that having technical expertise can give to the artists work, if that makes sense.

Maggie The Magnificent

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

oil on canvas

My article in ADQ

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The Fall Issue ;D
She had Jesus Inside

Hair, Fire and Brimstone, Hallelujah

Her Horns were Showing

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

10 x 10 oil on canvas

This is actually about as small as I can work. This is a painting I made for a trade with another artist.

Galornies (ornies galore)

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

I spent a few days last week preparing ornies for the Cactus gallery over in Eagle Rock (Ca) ( ) I didn’t have time to individually document them 🙁 but this gives a reasonably good view. Ornies can also be found at Eclectix Gallery in El Cerrito (Ca) ( )

In addition I took this piece over to the Cactus Gallery,”Wallflowers with Measles” the idea from a little tune I learned as a child…”Wall flowers, wallflowers, growing up so high, she has the measles she’ll never never die. Call to Dr. Cleanses house, he has no relation, he’ll tick and tack and turn his back and kiss the congregation!”

I also dropped off this piece: “Lady Bug” based on a verse I learned as a child, you may have heard it; “Lady bug Lady bug fly away, your house is on fire and your children are burning.”

These were created from papier mache and mixed media.

Finger Puppets

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Found at the MOCA Bookstore, too adorable to resist!