Friday, May 29, 2009

Chado Flowers - Night Blossoms

Chado Flowers, oil/panels, 10" x 24".

I love to garden. At the house and studio in Oro Township there are both flower gardens and veggie gardens (organic, of course). Flower painting is not something I do often, However, there are times when I want to try and make something a little different. These two paintings are examples of multi panels works where I partly create the painting on individual panels and then attach them together and continue painting until the three panels work together as a whole.

I enjoy the darks and contrast with deep rich colours. The images are not copied from real flowers or from any kind of photographic source. They are spontaneously brought out using a rag, paper towel and daubing. Several layers of over painting and re-composing means that the surfaces are rather painterly.

Night Blossoms, oil/panels, 10" x 24"

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summer Project

This is the Tibetan stupa located north of Taos, NM, in El Rito. "The Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa is a memorial to Herman Rednick. It was completed in 1995 and in June of that year was consecrated by the V.V. Bokar Rinpoche, accompanying six year old Yangsi Rinpoche, tulku of H.E. Kalu Rinpoche.

The 35 foot high stupa contains a small shrine room which has traditionally elaborate images of Chenrezig, Tara, and the Masters of the Kagyu lineage painted on its walls, primarily by Cynthia Moku." (from:

This June and July, my partner Teresa Cullen and I will begin a project to photograph the chortens of New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. We will document them, the lineages that they support and the people who have built them. The project will probably be presented in book form as well as online in various formats.

Over the years we have enjoyed visiting these Buddhist stupas along the Rio Grande Valley and in the mountains of the southwestern USA. We have decided to formalize our interest and document the structures and their purposes.