Friday, May 28, 2010

Merillo Revisited

Merillo Revisited, oil/panel, 60" x 40"

Well the original "Merillo" painting sold before it could get to the Montreal exhibition (July 31 at Gallerie de Bellefeuille).  I'm pleased that the collector was so excited by the piece, that it had to go to their home ASAP.  But that left a bit of a visual hole in the grouping of works I've imagined for the Montreal show. This meant Merillo needed to be revisited as a subject.  I narrowed the shape of the surface slightly, forty inches wide instead of 48 inches.  This permitted me to "squeeze" the composition.  As a result I needed to simplify the distant cloud and bring the horizon in closer a bit.  A horizontal shadow band sets off the rule of thirds.

While this version of Merillo shares much with the previous one, it is unique and presented me with a pleasurable challenge nonetheless.  Now the Montreal show will feel like it has the right mix of works.  Below is a smaller piece that will also go to the exhibition.  Extra layers in the sky, deepen the sense of light and space.

Johbana, oil/panel, 24" x 24"

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Vertu, 2010, oil/panel, 54" x 48", (click to enlarge)

Spring is presenting me with some interesting atmospheric conditions.  The air is more humid and hazes out differently.  This painting uses that effect to inform and set off the dark masses of foliage.

I like the challenge this presents me.  So I'm working on a few other pieces where the air is rather saturated with water.  Vertu will be in a small exhibition of 10 new works at Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal, opening July 31.

Last night I watched a movie, Georgia O'Keeffe (Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star).  I liked the film a lot.  The scenes from New Mexico made me want to jump on a plane and rush back there.  I do so miss the place.  However, one line really made me smile.  Alfred Stieglitz says to Georgia, "what we do is work, when a rich person buys it, then it becomes art."  Right on!  Well said.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Book

The new book about my recent work from 2009 to 2010 is now available.  The book may be ordered online.