Sunday, February 7, 2016

St. Louis Art Museum

I took a quick trip to St. Louis and spent a little time in the art museum.  Here are a few of my favorites:
They have redesigned the entry since my last visit many years ago. There used to be at least one fountain in this area because I remember meeting people at the fountain.

One of favorite rooms with Rodin's sculpture and Chagall on the facing wall

Ernie Trova. One of his "Falling Man" sculptures. Trova used to live in St. Louis and one enterprising art student went through his trash and brought  us an original Trova door which we used as our entry at FPCC years and years ago.

Amedo Modiligini, the great Italian lover. I believe this is his young mistress.

David Smith
Frank Stella

Alberto Giacometti, the sculptor.  For whatever reason I like his paintings better than his sculptures.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Watercolor Nudes

Spending time these days working in watercolor and drawing from online artist's models.
Some recent examples:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Art Expression and George Bellows

Some of the best quotes I've found about art are that an artist's work is a reflection of the artist's personality.

each of us has a unique perspective

others may relate

Art is a way to express our passions.
George Bellows was an artist in the early part of the 20th century.  He painted many things and boxing matches were one of his in depth subjects. The first of his paintings that I saw was expressionistic, not completely realistic.  It was one of his early boxing paintings.  Bellows must have loved the subject.  He expresses passion and excitement in his work.  Later by the 1920's his work was more realistic.
I like his 1909 painting of the boxing match.  It is so powerful and raw that I feel like the sweat of the boxers might land on me. It was painted in a loose, expressionistic style with strokes of paint that suggest the figures in long lines of thick paint. Bellows gives us abstraction to show power and action.  Unlike the tight, realistic versions that came later, the early painting shows the strength and desperation that the boxer puts into the punch.  He has to win! 
Which one is better the fast and loose more abstract version or the realistic version?   

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Crazy Cubist Art: Back to my roots

I'm going back to the art I did decades ago.  Although, I have continued to turn out crazy faces, I've primarily focused on landscape for many years. The difference is that I plan to mostly focus on abstract people in coming months and try to get that work into gallery art shows.
Abstract art is always controversial.  For me, it's the spectrum of art...realistic to nothing and somewhere in all that is the style I like to do. 
I would not have guessed that I would love abstract art so when I started out in art but over time I loved the colors and the shapes that I could create.
I think the most boring thing in the world is an artist trying to explain their work.  With that thought in mind, this is where I am:   Examples of three recent crazy abstract works on canvas along with quotes by well-known people on "Abstract Art". 

Cubism: Crazy Faces
Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the bewildered. Al Capp

They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things. (Constantin Brancusi)

Abstract woman
Abstract art has come into being as a necessary expression of the feelings and thoughts of our age; it has added new dimensions to creative painting. (Leonard Brooks)

Cubist Woman: colorful Crazy cubist art
You can't look at abstract art without thinking. (Patricia Cole-Ferullo)

I can't always reach the image in my mind... almost never, in fact... so that the abstract image I create is not quite there, but it gets to the point where I can leave it. (Chuck Close)

Abstract art is the land of the unknown.  Arriving there, the artist thinks, 
"What now?" (Charlotte Rossmann)

and finally...
I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours. (Bob Dylan)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Series of Drawings

Wine Glasses and Drama

Different approaches to still life drawings over the years. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Another Series of paintings

City Scape oil painting

City oil painting on paper

Cubist painting with bridge

Cubist landscape

Mountain Town

Snowy Town 

Night Time Town

Western Winter

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Series Painting

When creating something, it's hard to stop at one.  Artists continue onward.  Monet's Water Lillies and O'Keefe's Flower paintings are stunning examples.
Like all things it eventually dies.

  Today I decided to start photographing some of my old series paintings.  This is the first of the series paintings, "Trees".