My latest commission:
This is an eight sided window from a prominent Williams Bay boat house. No better way to keep the magic alive that turn into art.
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.
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.
Hello Art fans,
A new day brings a new commission. I was asked to paint horses on one of my last antique windows in stock. So I went to one of my favorite artists Franz Marc from a small town near Munich. He was the founder of the German expressionists movement known as the Blue Rider. (Der Blau Reiter) Marc was killed in the battle of Verdun in WWI. Sad to think the great artists of the time were on opposite sides shooting at each other.
Marc was known for painting animals in their natural setting. I wanted to paint something bold with large areas of pure color. Minimal Sharpie, maximum paint. I hope you like the piece as well as Carlo and Ingrid Krause the German couple who commissioned the painting as an addition to their horse farm in Middleton Wisconsin.
“Pferde und Fenster”
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.
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:
In exchange for a Web Page.
My latest project is a continuation of famous landmarks on the shores of Geneva Lake on antique windows. The Baker House in The city of Lake Geneva Wisconsin.
Happy Monday painting,
I spent the afternoon working with a color scheme for the Baker House with some success. See below as the window fills with background and substance in the wings. The sky blossomed as quick brushwork in ultra marine blue and titanium white danced across the roof line. Violette overcoat was added after for fill in. The sky is complimentary to the yellow and bright orange accents on the home and foliage. The sharpie held strong and is the grid work of support. I like the contrast of heavy black lines and subtle color peaking through. The Baker House is a culmination of all the famous icons of Geneva Lake I painted on glass this summer. I hope you enjoy the progression.