What a beautiful day! The sun is shining brightly and I get to paint all day.
"My theory is that all of scottish cuisine is based on a dare." - Mike Myers
Quit reading my blog and GO VOTE!
"It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting." - Tom Stoppard
I've admitted before that I am a construction junkie. I will probably paint the Crystal Bridges construction site till my demise. But, I photograph almost every construction site locally. I have coined my own term for these paintings. I call them "Temporary Realism". Yes, it deserves quotes. The beauty of a construction site is that it isn't anybody else's vision. It's like a butterfly's chrysalis, and I want to show you the beauty of transformation, not the finished project. This vision is mine alone, not to be found on any architect's desk, and I'm more than willing to trade dust for color. It is a sad day for me when the shell is complete and my muse departs.
This particular piece explores the subject of chaos and clarity. I hope to achieve a flat, and somewhat overwhelming construct on close viewing but while standing back a full-on landscape view. So far, so good.
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." - Mark Twain
Hello Steamboat Springs! The AWS Traveling Exhibit opens at the Steamboat Art Museum today. I know everyone who visits will enjoy all the great works on display. If you are interested, you can google the name of my painting ("Werner at Crystal Bridges") and all my blog entries about this work will be revealed.
I thought about my trip to NYC to receive this award as we watched the coverage of Sandy on television. My best and most encouraging thoughts are with everyone dealing with the aftermath of the storm.
Painted for only six hours yesterday. Discovered an issue that I will try and resolve today. Here is my quote for the day:
"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!" - Dr. Seuss
Painted for seven hours yesterday. Why is it that some paintings are so challenging and fun that you don't want to put your brushes down, and others become a chore? I suppose it could be the subject matter or how well the painting is going. This is one of those paintings that I'm not sure anyone will like but me. I don't care, I'm having a blast painting it.
I took two paintings to the framer yesterday. It seems that I always choose one of three frames and I rarely change mats. Doesn't matter what the subject matter is in the painting. Same frames. Same mat. It is a puzzle why it takes me so long while I'm there. It really comes down to four things: Do I want the frame to disappear; Do I want a silver, silver, or silver frame; Do I want a white, white, or white mat; Do I want an 8-ply single or a double mat; and plexiglass please. Yet I agonize over each decision. It takes me forever to choose. Luckily my framer has patience and a sense of humor.
Really enjoyed Robert Skagg's (Chicago Institute of Art) exhibition last Saturday. My favorite was his fall watercolor. The music was really enjoyable. It was a piano piece using his paintings as inspiration. There was also jazz before and after that was fantastic. All in all a very nice evening.
Weather is beautiful today so - back to my brushes.
"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance." - George Bernard Shaw