BUFFALO BULL / Daily Painting #1063

Watercolor / 6 x 9 Inches.

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INTERROGATING THE UNIVERSE WITH SCISSORS / Daily Painting #945

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

These abstracts are so much fun! I just love doing them! It is that simple. I’ve taken painting so seriously for so long that getting down and playing in the paint is exhilerating. I’ll leave it to someone else to come up with deep meanings and art palaver. For me, it’s simply as close as I’m likely ever to get to making music.

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THEY ARE ALTOGETHER EXCELLENT / Daily Painting #938

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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This series of abstractions continues to intrigue me. It continues to inform and to educate me. I believe it may be making me a better artist. I know it is making me a better painter.

Paint application, for me, has always been subservient to the subject, to the re-creational demands of realism. With the abstracts, the paint and its application are more important than the subject, or non-subject. This has freed me to enjoy the act of painting; to create, rather than merely represent.

Watercolor, my first love, gave me that pleasure, but oils have, somehow, taken back seat to attempted verisimilitude. Even the years that I worked exclusively in pastels gave me more of the joy of creative application as opposed to creativity being restricted to the design and concept, the art, of a painting.

Finally, after so many years, I'm beginning to see the possibility of combining all three parts of my work under the heading of creativity. Fingers crossed!

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IT IS REASONABLE TO SUPPOSE / Daily Painting #931

 

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Whooee! This one really took me on a wild ride! I've been at this painting game for so long, I can't believe how much I still have to learn about pushing paint around. I'm going to have to try some big abstracts this summer! Just may have to do a show of small ones, too. It would be great to see a bunch of them all hanging together.

I hope you will click over to my photo blog today. I got a little nostalgic over there…

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WE SHOULD HAVE PASSED THE TIME PLEASANTLY Daily Painting #925

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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I can't believe how much I look forward to doing these abstractions. I don't yet understand why, but they really excite me and are very satisfying in their completeness.

If you haven't already, I hope you'll have a look at the daily photos on my newly reworked blog When a Painter Snaps…

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BEYOND THAT NEXT TURNING Daily Painting #918

BEYOND THAT NEXT TURNING

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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WOW! What a wild, fun ride this one was. Occasionally a painting comes along that says turning point! This is one. It is never apparent at first, just how significant or subtle that change may be. It could be apparent to even a casual observer, or it may remain hidden, private, within the artist, yet none the less significant, as it will change the work to follow, as it has changed the artist.

Now, here's a bit of news that appeared on my other blog, when it should, more appropriately, have appeared here:

What a rich, rewarding and enjoyable day I had today (Saturday) in the Bishop Gallery on Main in Scottsdale, Arizona. (The second oldest original-owner gallery in Scottsdale.)

Stimulating conversation amid a sea of art, antiques and artifacts! Among the treasures to be found there, this carved and polychromed figure of Christ along with Oriental, South American, Native American and Folk Art.

As for Contemporary Art, there's work by Leonard Baskin, Fritz Sholder, Ned Jacob, Luis Jimenez, and now, yours truly! So, whenever you're in Scottsdale, be sure to drop in and say Hello to my old friend Bill Bishop! Plan on a long stay, though, if you want to see even a fraction of what's in this amazing and eclectic space.

By the way. I got an interesting email from my dear, dear friend Gena this morning. It seems we both painted a Hopi clown on the same day. Hers is a Koshare, and she really nailed it. I hope you will take a look. It's on her blog:

http://genalacoste.blogspot.com/2013/03/koshari.html

Check it out!

NOTE:

I spent quite a bit of time recently, responding to comments on previous posts. For some unknown reason, most of them never showed up on the blog. I'm working on a solution. In the meantime, I hope all of you who have left comments here and on whenapaintersnaps know how very much your comments are appreciated and how important they are to me, especially when I'm tempted to falter.

It can be especially difficult to keep both blogs going on a daily basis while traveling. I can't always respond, but I always read and appreciate them.

I would love to see more dialog forming between those who follow my blogs and comment on them. Hint, hint.

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CONSIDER DANGERS AND JOYS WITH A TRANQUIL MIND Daily Painting #910

CONSIDER DANGERS AND JOYS WITH A TRANQUIL MIND

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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These abstract paintings continue to entertain and, to some degree, to baffle me. They are, definitely, a means of learning ever more about the nature of paint and of color and form. Yet I'm not really sure what direction they will take. Nor in what direction they might take me. It's an interesting ride, though, and I'm so happy to have all of you along.

Today was a day of errands, of bill-paying, and of cleaning and rearranging Betsy. A calm, uneventful day, finished with a picnic in the park. All the excitement, adventure and thrill of the day was saved for the day's painting!

For something more tranquil…

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CONDITIONS VARY WIDELY Daily Painting #896

CONDITIONS VARY WIDELY

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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I've been wanting for a long time, now, to visit my oldest, best friend from high school, Mac. He's camped for the winter at Roosevelt Lake, in the Tonto Basin, between Phoenix and Globe. Another thing I've been wanting to do again, since the first time, twenty or so years ago, was to drive the Apache Trail, on a full moon night. With the headlights turned off. Driving by moonlight.

Well, the Apache Trail runs from Apache Junction, East of Phoenix, out past Canyon Lake and Apache Lake, to, you guessed it, Roosevelt Lake. While tonight is actually a full moon, last night was close enough! So, as soon as I finished yesterday's painting, and had it loaded into my blog, i took a record shot out the side window with my iPhone, and headed out.

By the time I made my way out of North Scottsdale, across Mesa and through Apache Junction, it was 8:30 by the time I hit the historic part of thr trail and started my climb to Canyon Lake, and the moon was climbing fast. I turned off my lights and entered a magical world of silhouettes and close contrasts, of subtle grades of monotone wonder. The rocks and mesas and buttes that I had not seen in so long loomed as in a memory or a dreamand were familiar to me. Saguaro and Ocotillo stood out black against the night sky.

Thirty five or forty miles, half on a very rough dirt road, winding, twisting and turning with looming rock walls on one side and a sheer drop off on the other provided a slow enough pace to make the scenery viewable.

Betsy was literally bouncing up and down with glee on the washboard, pot-holed, occasionally washed out road. And her furniture was getting rearranged for free, to boot.

It was a really magical night drive, followed by a great night's sleep along a side road by the lake, then a day visiting with Mac, his brother Skip and friend Mike, followed by a dinner of Navajo Tacos on really good, crisp fry bread compliments of Mike.

For the view from one of Mac's windows, be sure to…

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THE COMFORTS OF A KING Daily Painting #889

THE COMFORTS OF A KING

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Here's your Monday Abstract. What do you make of it? It's almost time for me to spill the beans and let all you readers know what has been the inspiration for all of these abstract paintings, but I would really like to see a few more guesses, first. I will tell you this much; today's came from a slightly different source than those I have been using.

We met our good friends from Santa Fe, Gari and Kayce, for lunch at the Mission in Scottsdale, following a night with Thea's cousin and childhood playmate, Cheryl. Then we did some necessary shopping and today's painting, followed by Les Miserable, then back to Cheryl's for the night and to work on my blogs.

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THE WORDS DID NOT COME Daily Painting #875

THE WORDS DID NOT COME

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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What words come for you to describe this abstraction? Does a story come into your mind? An incident? A memory? What do you see? Take some time. Relax, let your mind wander as your eyes wander over the painting. Now what do you see? Where has it taken you? How has it made you feel? We would all love to know in the comments.

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