My Organic Creatures series features whimsical, abstract paintings with soft colors separated by strong, vertical,brown lines, suggesting a strange family of beings on an outing. Much of my work is very planned, deliberate, and slow to evolve. At some point, I like to stop work on such a piece and do another painting that I almost attack with energy and colors, with none of the deliberation of my usual approach. This abstract, OrganicCreatures Visiting Washingtonwas one of these quick paintings in vivid primary colors. I actually envisioned it in an instant behind my eyelids as I was rubbing my eyes after some tiring work. I tried to apply the image to canvas quickly, adding all kinds of color and quick composition, while keeping the main figures true to my vision. When finished in about 2 hours, I looked at the finished piece and felt that here were some strange creatures doing something, and sensed that they were on a sightseeing tour. I picked the title with a sense of humor. I would enjoy doing more oils of this same family of creatures moving about in different settings.
Struggle For Art IV: CornerStone Art Center & Gallery
The exhibit,The Struggle For Art IV, is at the CornerStone Art Center, in the Centier Bank Building, 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana for May, 2012. This exhibit is being held with 119th Street Artists, with curator, Jim Panos. The gallery is located 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.
In this photo of the gallery, another of my paintings, Preacher Man, is shown with Funnel Star, a sculpture by John Kramer, and John Q. Law, a silk-screen print augmented by acrylic by Chris Wanklyn.