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An experiment (I mean painting) that went right

"Sangre de Christo Glaze" 5x5 acrylic on board

Experiments are not meant to look good.  They are sometimes shadows of the real artwork, they are not meant for public viewing.   And just maybe they’re meant to be thrown out because after all, they’re just experiments.


But this one is special…


Sometimes you go through hundreds, or even thousands of paintings and suddenly you get to this point.  And a painting like this can even turn out to be some kind of revelation.  But ok, here’s my real feelings when I finished this one.

Wow, amazing, what the hell just happened, very colorful, what I’m trying acrylic paint?  What will it look like in oil?  I can’t believe I did it on a foam board!  Is this a fluke?  Should I continue painting more like this?  This painting’s not like the rest.  Did I just say that?  Did I just do that?

Well you get the picture, I can remember feelings more than words, so there’s a few here…

And it’s true, I did try acrylic, a special kind of acrylic paint called Open Acrylics by Golden.  They are slow-drying, similar to my water-soluble oils, but a more matt finish than oils.  But with these acrylics, it doesn’t dry right away, you can mix them like oils.  My reasoning for years about choosing oils over acrylics is that oils appear to have more flexibility and depth.  But I came across these special acrylics and was floored by the results.  It even looks better with a final glaze on.  The colors were very bright, and not muddy.  Muddy colors have been a constant issue with me.  To avoid muddy colors, one must mix accordingly and not mix too much with different colors.

I painted this in Santa Fe, NM

But no mud here, just bright, innocent and happy colors.  And it glows, it feels like an old-time polaroid, it’s simple, and it happened because I didn’t have expectations on the final result.  That’s why experimenting is crucial in art, you never know what discoveries are ahead of you, and happens when you least expect it.

So I’m pretty happy to share this latest discovery with you, and if I paint more like this in the future, you know where you saw it first.

New painting, new year, new site update!


"Sweeping Dusk" my first painting of 2010, 10x20 acrylic on board

How is this new decade for you so far?  It’s been a productive day for me.  I spent a few hours updating my website, so hope you enjoy it.  I wanted to make it more interactive, so now you can comment on any of my posts!  Say anything you want, I dare you!  No really, I would love to hear from you, your comments are most important in my development as an artist, so write away and say what you have to say!  

Second, I did my first painting just before dark tonight.  I also worked in acrylics, and it was fun.  It will be dry by tomorrow, because it’s a slow-drying acrylic by Golden.  This scene was created in my backyard overlooking the Sangre de Christo Mountains in Santa Fe.  I used 4 colors and was fighting to beat the light.  So today was an important day, because I wanted to start the year off right, and I did.  Just follow through and as for my girlfriend, thanks for kicking my butt out the door to do this painting! 

I will post some of my new work on my site, so keep checking back, and for heaven’s sake, sign up and become a fan on my Facebook!

Art Blog: A creative explosion can be fun

I'm restless today, I haven't painted in a long time.  Been taken care of too many small details and errands lately it's easy to get lost.  So I finally allowed myself to explode.  Well if I really exploded I wouldn't be writing now, would I?  But I really exploded and I have the pics to prove it below.  I used acrylic paints for this special occasion because it's an easier clean up and I have pints, not just little tubes.  When you have large amounts of paint to work with, you feel more free, more riskier and playful.  I had some Brazilian music in the background to have an upbeat exotic vibe going on.  And then I just let loose, dipping and slashing, flinging paint.  The walls and floor of my place finally had some real decoration!  I was like a hunter or an animal in the wild, walking around, waiting to pounce, then fired the paint onto the board!  I also used my hands, my feet, nothing was taboo.  Total artistic freedom.  It felt good.  It was what I needed to do.  I meant nothing.  It meant everything.  Is this going to be the direction to go in?  I don't want to think about it, all I did was made the most of the moment.  To me, that's what making art is all about in the end.  Focus on the process and the rest will take care of itself.  I felt like a zen-master with a brush, allowing all my emotions to freely come out.  I was true to myself.  And here are the results:

Abstract paintings
My studio masterpieces today!

Abstract indian painting
A representational painting with abstract twist of two Indians

2 abstracts
My other abstract works