“Pulp Friction” (20″x20″) Acrylic on Canvas
For me, Ski Season has become a time of year that images of winter dance in my head and materialize onto canvas with little or no real effort. Remember “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”? Think of me as a crazed Richard Dryfus painting moons rather than molding the Devils Tower. My Studio is beginning to resemble a Super Moon Factory and it is time for a year end liquidation sale so I can make room for more. Keep an eye on my etsy shop for details.
I’ve often read that when you are on the right path composition wise, you can look at a painting upside down and still think it works. This tidbit of advice is finally starting to resonate with me on a personal level for the first time since I started painting some ten years ago. The revelation came to me as I flipped this canvas to paint the sides. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I’m focussing more on anchoring my compositions with fewer and larger objects. Perhaps it is because I’m having so much fun.
“Drawn By Fire”
From time to time my inner critic screams at me “Where is your focus Man? Don’t you know that a jack of all trade is a master of none?”. He has a point. I do have a tendency to be overly eclectic in my pursuits and I agree that in some ways life might be easier had I narrowed the field. The thing is that over and over again the words “WHAT IF” pop into my brain and I must drop what I’m doing and listen to the words that follow. What if I leave behind the safety of that solid career to try to build a new business from the ground up? That was a big one! What if I create videos that showcase the beauty of nature? What if those videos can promote tourism and the arts or sell real estate? What if I follow my childhood dream of being a photographer? What if I pick up a brush and move some paint around to see what happens? What if I use this time that I’m coping with illness to paint full moon winter scenes with cabins and skiers and full moons? WHAT IF? WHAT IF? WHAT IF?
The truth is that listening to the “what if’s” can and will result in spinning wheels. You may be led down a few dead end paths and at times you may feel completely stranded but if you just keep the wheels moving eventually you will find traction. If you keep the wheels moving you will find yourself on a path to completeness that never would have been found had you played it safe. Don’t ever forget that “Every Brilliant Idea begins with ‘What If’”
“Two Steps Forward”
My Wall In The Denver Art District at Grace Gallery
“Midnight Powder” (9×12) Acrylic on Canvas
I don’t have to stretch much further than youthful memories and imagination to find inspiration. The Super Moon Winter Adventure Series is a first hand account of my own escapades in the high mountains of Colorado. It always amazed me how your could ski all night by the light of the moon. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even carry a flashlight. I count myself lucky that I have a way of living those experiences over and over again through painting.
My recent posts gave a few details about the painful autoimmune disease that I’m dealing with. The real story that I hope to share is that art is a powerful healing agent. When I’m painting I forget all about my issues. Has art helped you or someone you know overcome adversity? I’d love to hear about it.
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