I am an artist, not a writer. My Intent is not to educate, enlighten or inspire but rather to clarify my motivations to myself. I find that when I write down the thoughts and reasons that I take certain paths, it helps me to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Let's face it, authentic work evolves through a series of mistakes, lessons learned and options eliminated.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Texas Blizzard of 2010

You need to understand that in Texas, 40 degrees is considered freezing and a light dusting of snow closes down the school system for a week. So imagine what manner of chaos ensued when an all time record breaking 12 inch snowfall befell residents of North Texas last week. At first I thought it was really cool, after all, it was quite beautiful and I work at home. I don't have to drive in that mess. Then power lines began to break, trees began snapping like twigs and roofs began collapsing all over the area! The streets and highways were littered with abandoned vehicles driven off roads obscured by snow.

So the artist in me reached for a camera.

The following shots are at my home while snowed-in

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cold Call

I finished this image about 20 minutes ago. Man I love digital cameras! It was very quick and easy and just flowed out of me. I am really getting into gestural drawing. I try not to pre-plan the marks I make and just allow my sense of design to take over and control the development of the piece.

"Cold Call" 20" x 27.5" polished pigmented cement on panel
click to enlarge

Friday, January 8, 2010

The trip to Tyler

I wised up and decided to wait a day for the roads to clear before I tried to deliver the art. I'm glad I waited. It was sunny and 20 degrees but no ice! It was actually a very pleasant drive, (thank God for my GPS!).

When I got to the University, I had difficulty locating the gallery. Everything was locked up. I continued to nose around until I found a warm body who could give me a little help. The Meadows Gallery is very impressive; I think my art will work well there. Below is the piece that got in. The show opens Monday, January 11th with the reception January 21st. The exhibition will be up till March 5th.

Hudsucker 39"x 27" click to enlarge

Thursday, January 7, 2010

25th Annual International Exhibition

I was informed yesterday that my work was excepted into the 25th Annual International Exhibition in the Meadows Gallery at the University of Texas in Tyler. They tried to notified me over week ago of my inclusion but my e-mail was on the fritz. I received a phone call yesterday wondering why the gallery had not received my art. I was elated but frustrated. The only way to get the art there in time for the opening is to hand deliver it. Then the worst cold spell in over a decade hit. Do I risk life and limb driving over two hours each way on icy roads with temperatures in the teens. Hell yes!

I will write soon with the outcome, if I survive.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The New Year

As the New Year begins, I look back and review things I have done in the past year. Have I learned all they had to teach me? As I revisit a previous piece, especially after completing numerous new works, I see it with a fresh eye. Time has separated me from the creative process. It speaks to me in more muted tones so I have to pay attention and listen closely. If I am not careful the demands of new struggles drown out the relevance of old ones.

As I look forward to what the new year has to offer, may I have the good sense not to forget what the past has taught.

"Darjeeling" 30"x 36" polished pigmented cement on panel