Archive for the ‘Fine Art’ Category

Back To Work

October 19, 2013


For those that don’t know we had a tough year.  The boat/studio idea ended in Mexico and the painter part of me just drained out for a while.  There’s a gallery asking for my work and other artist are starting to question why I’m not working.  The short story is that it’s time to get going again.  I’ve been making a conscious effort to force myself to work in the studio and even started picking up the guitar again.  It’s a bit like forcing yourself to eat ice cream. I don’t know why anyone would be interested in this stuff but, for me, writing it down publicly commits me to the act.


Just a Note

March 27, 2012

I am working my way down the Pacific coast of Mexico and Central America as I write this.  I have had some minor mechanical problems with the boat and the usual weather delays.  To say I have had no time to paint would be a huge understatement.  What I have had time to do is take thousands of photographs for future references.  Because I have no new work to display I will begin to post some of the photography.  I should begin to do this in the next couple days.  My internet service is limited on the boat so I’ll have to wait until I get ashore to upload anything.  To follow the journey more closely please visit where I write about the daily experiences of the sail vessel Halcyon and her crew.


June 10, 2010

The Are You An Artist Test

April 21, 2010
  1. Do you dress in odd cloths to let everyone know you’re an artist?
  2. Do you act flamboyantly to let everyone know you’re an artist?
  3. Do you think that everything is art?
  4. Can you mix the color red?
  5. Do you have a real job other than art?
  6. Did you learn to paint from a TV show?
  7. Do you own a painting on black velvet?
  8. Is water color a good medium to start off with?
  9. Is Thomas Kinkade one of your favorite artists?
  10. Do you strive to be on the cutting edge?


 Give yourself one point for every yes answer.

Give yourself two points for every no answer.

Give yourself three points if you didn’t bother

to answer anything and just went back to work

10 points – you should be a sheep herder.

20 points –  you could be an artist

30 points –  you’re the real deal.

What Is Art?

April 13, 2010

Imagine that you are about to be born into this world and you’re just a soul up in heaven, God looks at you and says, “I now condemn you to 85 years of solitary confinement”.  Your free spirit, that can now intermingle freely with others,  will  be locked inside this small body for your entire life.  Like prisoners that are never let out of their cells wondering if the next cell is layed out the same as yours.  You would think that the builders would have built each one exactly the same but you can never be sure because you can’t see for yourself.  What is the view like in each of the other cells window to the outside world.  Just as those prisoners would devise ways to tap on the walls in code to talk to the next cell, we all find ways to experience the “view from the other cell”.  We go through our lives trying to ignore this isolation while at the same time we jump at any chance to see into the next cell.  We are all voyeurs.   Because we are separate we can never know if our perceptions are the same as everyone elses.  Do I see red like you do.  If I could become you would I see that what you see as blue is what I saw as red.  As a child you would have been told that the red sky you see above is called blue and accept it.  Would your apple taste like mine.  We have no idea.  And so we long to know.  When the painter paints they give you a limited peek into their cell.  And we all have a need to look.  “Communication” is the word that is used when talking about the arts but, I think it’s more like “sharing”.  If I connect with you with my painting, I get a peek into your cell too.  Art is NOT about being on the cutting edge or doing something in a totally new way, art has never changed, it is simply the act of trying to escape our confinement.  An attempt to be as one again.