Naming Contest for new painting.

Win a limited edition studio print of my newest work and bragging rights for naming it!

Submit a title for this painting, and if I like your suggestion the best - you win! 

Often great minds think a like so if I get multiple entries of the title I select, the winner will be whoever submitted it first. (Submission forms are time stamped.)

THE NAMING CONTEST HAS ENDED.

Thanks everyone for participating!

A Brief Encounter
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Gallery takes down 'naked nymphs' painting.

"Hylas and the Nymphs" by John William Waterhouse

"Hylas and the Nymphs" by John William Waterhouse

Manchester Art Gallery has removed the above painting from its walls as well as postcards of it from their shop. The reason given is to ponder whether images such as this erotic Victorian fantasy are unsuitable and offensive in the 'current climate' of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.  See the article at TheGuardian.com.

Personally I don't see a connection between naked nymphs tempting a young man to his doom in a classical painting with sexual assault. I also wouldn't even call this 'erotic' but that's the term used in The Guardian article. 

The removal itself is an artistic act and will feature in a solo show by the artist Sonia Boyce which opens in March.
— theguardian.com

I also don't see this as an 'artistic act'. A publicity stunt? Sure. An attempt to exploit another artist's work for her own gain? Perhaps. 

I always thought art is an expression of an artist and a reflection of a culture and time. Should we being applying filters to our own history? Even if something is now considered offensive, do we learn from the past if we distort and whitewash the past? How do we teach art history if that history is edited?

2018's First New Painting

A fresh brewed start to the new year!

New release pricing on the original and prints now through Tuesday 1/16.

Wake
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New Original & Prints: "Kansas"

When you're different it can be hard growing up in a place like rural Kansas. So, until you're old enough to run off to the big metropolis, you can hopefully find someone to have a little fun with in the cornfields, like Clark and Lex did.

The new release pricing for the original and prints of Kansas will last through Tuesday 12/19. 

UPDATE: The original has sold.

Kansas
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On The Drawing Board: Cornfields and Krypton?

Hey, it's a work in progress update. It's been quite a few weeks since I've been at the drawing board, with Thanksgiving and shipping out orders (I'm not complaining! Thank YOU!). But it's nice to spend a few hours and feel like an artist again. 

I'm going for a mid-westerner look for this duo. So why not a guy with the classic 'Superman' look (I know, Superman is originally from Krypton), and a guy with a slight Germanic look since many German immigrants settled in the northern central US. Just curious, is Lex Luthor German? 

Who's next?

I used to do my paintings one at a time from start to finish, from idea to completion then move on to the next. I think, in part, that was because I would occasionally develop an idea and then abandon it for some reason and never go back to it. But in the last couple years there's been a shift in my modus operandi. Rather than work in a linear fashion, I sometimes work in batches. If I'm in 'idea' mood (or mode) I'll work on developing a few at a time. This way, when I'm in a painting mood I'll have some things ready to go. I've also learned to be okay with spending time on an idea and it not becoming a finished painting, or at least, not right away. 

Here is a batch of ideas that I've recently been working on, my Christmas painting, "The Winter Spirit" was also in this batch. Which one will be next? Will all of them become finished works? I don't even know the answer.  Stay tuned!

Re-Release "Catch"

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When you're by the ocean you don't need bait and a pole to make a great Catch...or do you?

Special 'RE' release 15% Off pricing on the original and prints starts today!

Unless you follow my work very closely, you may not have noticed the absence of "Catch" from the website. It was a piece I did a couple summers ago, but I removed not long after releasing. For the story on that see the blog post below "Catch" and re-release. Let's just say, he's back after having a little work done.  

Catch
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"Catch" and re-release.

When I'm working on a painting, I sometimes will go back and redo, or make changes to parts I consider 'finished' in order to blend with what I've added since. Often this has to do with lighting, and reflections of colors etc. On a rare occasion I complete and even release the painting before realizing (or acknowledging that voice in the back of my head) that something needs to be reworked.  Such has been the case with "Catch". 

I think, that because I liked all the elements separately, the face, the body, swimsuit, sunset background etc. I didn't really see the big picture and how they worked together. Since I was happy with all the elements, and had put all that time into it, I guess I convinced myself I was satisfied. 

However, a few months after releasing it, I took it off the website. I finally admitted I wasn't satisfied, and if I wasn't, I didn't want it out there. I let is sit for a year. I guess it took me that long make the hard choice, let go of the attachment to my creation and take the eraser to it.

One thing I wanted to do was make the lighting effect on the figure more dramatic. That meant some adjustments to the face, and since there were other things I wanted to change about the face, the whole face had to go. I also had to add more highlight to the left leg, and wanted to give his legs a bit more movement. So the swimsuit/hips needed a bit more tilt. This time I went with a yellow suit. Yellow is a bolder color and it lends a connection with the Sun, which is just out of the scene.

While it does feel odd to rework a painting that I've already shown to the world, it's not that strange. Musicians do it with their songs and George Lucas has done it with his movies. And while some may say they liked it better before, for me I made the right decision because of how I used to feel about "Catch" compared to how I feel now, I love it!

Getting into the 'Spirit', my 2017 holiday painting.

My Christmas painting for this year is the Winter spirit manifested as an actual being, a mythical man whose sparkling touch ignites feelings of joy, kindness and warmth within us and brightens those dim, cold months of Winter.

Now through Sunday Oct 29th, you can get one of the very limited edition prints of "The Winter Spirit" or the original for 10% off. 

"The Winter Spirit" greeting cards will be available soon.

The Winter Spirit
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18" x 24" (61 cm x 47 cm) pastel on pastel paper 

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