Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The City of David



It was a small town, not unlike so many others nearby. Simple homes huddled together for protection against the winds which whipped across the land.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Shipping Room


There was a room in which the evidence of nautical cultures was stored and catalogued. Many of the artifacts were considered to be the iconography of myth and legend. Some was thought to be the paraphernalia of a forgotten religion. All of it was eventually destroyed.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The past and the future

Its been cold here in Chicago. A deep, biting cold like I can't remember ever feeling before. And snowy. Snow on snow on snow, like in the hymn "In the Deep Midwinter". Except nowhere near as lovely. And, though it seemed never to end…..somehow today it seems to be over, and quickly becoming a memory that doesn't contain the sensations at all. I remember my face hurting as I walked into the wind, but already I cannot remember what it felt like. And summer is still months away and I know that I will be hot and worry that the sun is burning my skin while Im painting in a field somewhere. But I can't imagine what that ever felt like. Its all a distant fuzzy memory on the horizon. But the here and now is in focus again. Like a bucket.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Separation Anxiety

I have been away from the studio and away from my regular practice of work for several extended periods over the past six months. And its taken quite a toll on my wellbeing. I have become anxious, doubtful, detached and, at times quite sad. The truth of the matter is that, for some of us, drawing and painting aren't just things that we do, they are things that we can't not do without being a little diminished.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Goodbye to an American Icon

I am often asked if its hard to let paintings go, to sell them, to not have them any more. Students ask me because they are growing more and more personally connected to their work as they develop their language. Clients ask me because they have just chosen something that they love, and its arrival in their home signifies its departure from my possession (their gain must equate to my loss). My children have asked me because they think of my paintings as a part of our family, part of what we have, what we own....maybe. Or maybe they havent yet grasped the idea that painting for me is not a project or a hobby to satisfy a personal need or to pass time.
My answer is always the same in essence, although its sometimes hard to articulate in clear language. The painting was never for me. It wasn't done for me. It is born out of an impulse to communicate something about a passion, to share a vision, to point others to something that we can celebrate. And when a painting is sold, when someone sees what I saw and shares in that vision, celebrates the colours and shapes and the content with me, I know that I wasn't talking pointlessly to myself. And the financial exchange that takes place is what enables me to do it again and again. I am grateful for the sale, and happy that the communication has been received like good news. And in the slightly weird way that I have of anthropomorphizing things, I'm happy for the painting to have the validated feeling that it is wanted.

American Icon. Sold Friday 22nd November 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

American Works available direct from the studio

Winter is upon us, almost, which means that for me the sitting in the middle of a field and doing a painting thing is going on hold for a few months. Between now and next spring I shall be doing a few local commissions here in and around Chicago, a little design work, some inventing, lots of teaching and some storytelling I dont doubt.
Now that the gallery season in Door County Wisconcin has drawn to a close and following on from my solo show in Indiana earlier this summer I have a collection of available paintings in the studio of American Barns and Boats
Please take a stroll through the online gallery and let me know if theres anything here that you would like to know more about or that you may be interested to purchase.......Christmas is right around the corner!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

6 weeks on crutches

And then, for a while I was on crutches and my thoughts turned to asymmetry, dragging a leg, instability and other things.
The P-8 was sent out to collect samples and send them back to Banthanti for analysis. A unique collaborative program linking investigative geology and the postal service.