Six Panel with Lapis Lazuli

Back to canvass and experimentation with texture. I grounded up my Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan into a fine powder. Then I composed a non objective design onto six canvasses. I used clear stand oil and saturated the work, and spread the Lapis across the surface.
The images randomly appeared with a slightly raised texture. Completely free from the use of a brush the powder collected in abstract forms of soft unhindered clumps. I enjoyed watching the powder melt into the pigment. The almost eerie faces appeared as if the painting was looking back at me.

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VA Addition

A new home for the large canvas.
The fine folks at the Milwaukee Veterans Hospital welcomed one of my canvasses to aid in healing through art as an addition to the group therapy room. I am honored to have my work inspire other veterans as we learn to cope with the conflicts that remain within and learn how to heal in this ever changing world. Peace surrounds the painting as colors swirl in soothing tones and textures.
Peace to all on this somber Veterans Day weekend.

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Happy Halloween

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Modi 3

Modi 3 is my first attempt at morphing figures together on glass. Quick brushwork was required, and the paint became thick and uncontrollable in the end. To no avail, the paint spark returned and everything fell into place.
This image was conceived from two works by Modiglianni.

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After days of thought and an old Sharpie dying out, I changed the painting into a reflection of our troops fighting against martyrs willing to die for a promised 72 virgins.

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New Non Objective

Going big today with a 3×5 foot canvass. I wanted to paint a non objective and see where the night would take me. I wound up with broad strokes and organic lines. I am pleased with the results and I hope you enjoy the piece from all four sides.

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Non objective

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I paint in a non objective style as a way to loosen up. Non objective refers to a creation of an image with out an intentional subject. I let the colors and composition flow until I reach a stopping point. There have been plenty of times that I will start over after going too far, and that is why I love painting. You can always start over.

While at the Academy Minerva in 1996 as an art student in Groningen Netherlands I was introduced to painting micro landscapes using an electron microscope. I spent hours in the studio making non objective organic textural compositions until one day my professor asked if I would join him at the Hanzehhogeschool for a chance to sketch from micro images. It was fantastic. I can still sense these early impressions of the micro world on my current work. My favorite subject to paint was a totally out of this world micro texture found on the surface of insects. I spent hours observing and sketching the area between the eyes of a common house fly. The subjects are covered in gold which reflects the electrons into a HD image on a TV screen. Fun fun fun.

The other part of creating non objective paintings is that there are four different paintings on one canvass. By eliminating a horizon or subject you can hang the canvass all four directions with a completely unique feeling to each orientation.

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Painted Wood Sculpture

This is an eagle mask I carved from an alder tree at the University of Alaska Southeast in 1993. For 19 years It has sat on a shelf staring back at me. 9/11/12 marks the day to To paint in support of:

(@quapet @MKEfoodies @arcwjr Board & @aidswalkwis at the #MKEfoodies event @ #JoeyGerards on 9/19!)

In exchange for a Web Page.

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