Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The August Struggle

After a bit of a hiatus, I am back in the studio and gearing up for my October show at the Georgetown Art Center here in Seattle. Since completing my term in the Painting & Drawing Atelier at Gage, I've been wrestling with big questions about my art.

What do I want it to embody? How do I want it to look? What methods do I want to employ in its creation?

I can't say that I've answered even one of those questions, but I've got enough of a handhold to move forward. What I do know is that I am not satisfied making strictly Realist art. Realism and representation are central to my artistic view, and I have no interest in discarding them. Yet, as a product of the A.D.D. world of digital postmodernism, I want my art to be both stylistically dynamic and philosophically sound. To that end, I am currently working on reintegrating some of the more disparate elements of my art. I hope that with some effort, I can push my art to the point where it can simultaneously engage with the visceral beauty of the observed world, the mysterious poetry of dreams, and the analytical complexity of the inner landscape.

Of course, I intend to always leaven that dense mixture with a healthy dose of Dada-infused absurdity and good, old-fashioned gallows humor.

I know that's a tall order, but a fella's gotta dream.

So, now I'm off to the studio to try to make that dream a reality... one brushstroke at a time.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Volunteer Park Gatehouse study

Oil on canvas board

I painted this study in two afternoon sessions at Seattle's Volunteer Park. The gatehouse, just off stage right, is a stone tower that reminds me of something out of New York City. The barbwire fence surrounds a circular reservoir, which was originally built to supply water for fire control after the Great Seattle Fire.

I learned this neat bit of trivia from Larry, the reservoir guard. He phoned into HQ to make sure that it was alright for me to be painting where I was. I think that Larry was secretly thrilled to have something to do and someone to with whom to pass the time of day.