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Inspiration from a Demo

After demoing, very quickly, for someone my technique (using a painting I had on my laptop) for creating my altered digital photographs it occurred to me to try it with a couple of others. The results are below....

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The Color Gray

I always get a bit of thrill when I add gray to a painting; its effect on the surrounding colors makes them brighter especially if they are earth tones and warm. Today it happened as I was working on the 9th Octet. In this case it is Golden’s Neutral Gray #6 that performed the magic which is a light gray but I have had happen with Payne’s Gray...

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Realization

Having finished the 8th Octet today I sat down to review the series and realized that as much as the colors of Southwest and New Mexico influenced my work it is the natural energy of the place as well. The spring winds are the obvious manifestation of the energy but even when they are calm there is hum in the land....

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The Ten Octets

These paintings are from a new series of paintings on paper called “10 Octets.”  Each painting is 11.125″ x 30″ and started by an automatic drawing using fireplace charcoal soaked in water. Subsequent layers are applied with brushes and plastic cards such as expired credit cards. The use of the plastic cards allows me to create...

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Subverting the Camera

I have taken a long break from working in the studio proper. Instead I have been working with camera and computer to subvert the purpose of the camera as a recording device. Starting with an original source photo I use just the basic tools on my computer to rearrange the photo beyond recognition. The process involves editing and re-editing, sometimes...

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Rubber Band Photography

As I have said elsewhere I as a painter and a printmaker I have always been a bit leery of photography seeing it only as a means to record an event or objects. The idea for this project came from me idly playing with stray rubber bands while I was doing something else. The shapes interested me and led me to consider photographing them. When I started doing...

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Music’s Influence

As I write this I am listening to Hermeto Pascoal’s “Slaves Mass.” Earlier this afternoon I was reading David Byrne’s book “How Music Works.” I had just finished a piece for a fundraiser when I realized that how I am painting now owes a lot to music. By adding brushstrokes onto brushstrokes in an assigned space, about 2/3 up the picture plane, my process...

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New Work

Soon I will be publishing new images of my latest work. The new work is a continuation of series I originally called Elegy for Heaven. I recently published short videos on YouTube that show me working on two of the pieces.

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Getting Out of My Own Way

At the opening of my show at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque a guest began asking me about my process. I explained that much of the process lies in trying to lose control in that I try not to think and let my hand and arm work independently. This is based on psychic automatism a creative method developed and used by the Surrealists and by Robert...

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Rinconada

During the years 2013 – 2014 I worked on a series of acrylic paintings called Rinconada. Its a Spanish word for a box(ed) canyon. Yesterday, while working on automatic drawings, I noticed that a tall rectangular void started appearing in the drawings. Keeping with the idea of doing automatic drawings but incorporating that void and realized that was...

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Ish?

When I started working in 1990s with psychic automatism and what I now call automatic gesture drawings I came up with an image of a disc hanging precariously from a thread. I struggled with a name for the object / series until a colleague mentioned they looked yo-yoish. I dropped the yo-yo part but keep the ish because I felt they, the objects, had a...

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Automatic Drawing Video

On Tuesday February 10 I went up to the studio and did eight automatic drawings. If have been away from the studio for a period of time or if I feel creatively blocked I will do a series of these drawings. My introduction to Robert Motherwell’s work and use of psychic automatism was the fuel for the inspiration to work this way. Over the years I have...

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Copal Incense Experimentation

Experimentation for any artist is important. During a recent conversation I had in which I talked about John Cage’s work at Crown Point Press, where he smoked paper by lighting newsprint on fire and then laying dampened paper on top and then running everything through a press. Having the conversation fresh in my mind I lit some copal incense, which I...

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