Friday, November 2, 2012
This is the new painting RHAPSODY, oil on canvas, 60 X 40. The previous views were isolated parts of the work. I love looking at particular passages in a painting. Recently in visiting with Ernesto Mayans at his gallery in Santa Fe he mentioned an exercise in viewing a piece---he recommended cutting a square in a black piece of paper and moving it across the work observing the different areas separate from the whole. To me, the details in an abstract piece are what keeps the viewer coming back to ---look again and again to continually find new points of interest and surprises not seen on first glimpse. Ultimately a work should invite you to spend time in its presence and like a relationship always discover new things you didn't realize before.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
This is a completed work inspired by the cypress trees on Lake Chicot. I believe half of my early life was spent on a boat. I have fond memories of cruising down swampy bayous with trees growing on either side and feeling like I was in a jungle. Snakes would surface on the water and the noise of bugs and birds chattering away made the place vibrate with life. No wonder Xochimilco felt like home when I was on the boat cruising through the ancient canals of Mexico.