Sunday, March 26, 2006


The show has come and gone. I took it down tonight and shut off the lights and locked the door. What a time it has been for me. Three days before having to hang the show I came down with the biggest flu I've had in years. I felt like I was going to die! The worst part was the No Energy. Friday night came and I was all ready to hang the show, But no energy. Dead to the world. With help from friends, support from my wife, and determination in my gut, I straightened painting, hung hooks and aligned lights. By 11:30 at night, Friday night, I came upon an invigoration I could only attribute to the happiness I felt seeing my show finally up and shining.
What a time it was.
It was all I needed it to be. And as I hung it I realized, this is what I had dreamed about way back in high school, while working on the mural in the cafeteria. Some day I would have my own show. Mind you it wasn't at the Taj Mahal, but it was my show, and a damn good one!

Thanks for reading, See you soon. Love to all. Peace on Earth.

- J

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Card for the Show

Been a long time

Two Falls, 2006 (18" x 24")

As usual, I have put off coming up here for a while. I have felt overwhelmed with the preparation of the show for the past week or so, and the last thing I've wanted to do is write about it.
But here I am and the show is in two weeks. I am very excited about it, though my family and co-workers might think different. I am weighing on those around me but I do trurly feel good about the upcoming proverbial "heart on my sleeve".
My painting is coming along, and isn't that the whole point here. To add my statement to the human condition, show people what I'm thinking. I hope someone not in my immediate life will have some positive impression from the exhibition. I get good feed back from the people around me, but it feels good to get an outside response.
Two large painting will be completed for the show. One is already very enjoyable to me and I hope it turns out well. Big bold shapes and color depicting a double waterfall flowing around a rock that I'm imparting a blob like personality. Above is "Two Falls", a sneak preview for the blog folks.

Love On


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Good Night

~ Artifitial Life, 2003

Oh what a good night. I love it so much when they start to come together, at least some of them. I still need to detail them, so much effort it takes when they require detail. It can be tedious at times but the payoff is worth it, . . . sometimes.
Some large canvases have been started, and the butte will begin, 3.5 x 4.5 ratio canvas is all I need. One painting has come up. Not necessarily finished, but I'm checking it out.
I'm immersed in the painting in the studio, falls all around me. With so much that has happened to me, especially in the last few months, I feel these images have matured with me in my catharsis. I have had Atrial Fibrillation 4 weeks ago and with the pacemaker 3 years ago I have had a renewed sense of mortality. The trail of paintings have led me up a path of understanding in my own life, a vehicle to kneed out my emotions and blend them into more solid, more insightful awareness of my lot. Now with the Falls I feel an outflow of energy with the world, an effect that reconciles my fears and hope with a life I had no real control over. But like singing, that belts out only to disperse into the air, these falls flow out, spilling out, relieving me of the ruminate stress of my heart.
"Right now I can't feel my Artifical Valve, I know its there but I can't feel it's clicks."

Love On

- j

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Mind

~ The Butte, Southwestern Arizona

Oh, been a while. Work, Kids, the Mind, it all keeps me so busy. Where did I find time to drink, I mean really?

Designing Card now. Thinking about design of space. Which paintings do I bring? Well all of them and see which don't fit, perhaps.

I looked in my white paint bucket, and the acrylic was separated. I have other white, but this one I haven't used in, oh, five years? A full gallon of paint. I spread it out on the palette and it had a great texture, speckled like when you put sand in the pigment. I used it.

I hope it doesn't peel off the canvas in 10 years.

Love On.


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I'm at the hard spot.

- Desecheo, Puerto Rico.

This is the place I get when it gets hard. Several paintings are at the spot where they don't work. I either have too much going on or not enough. I know I need one center design element to focus on. When they get too cluttered I have to brush across and change the focus. But it gets scary, to change what I've work hard on for a while. Things I've pushed and pulled, back and forth and have to scrap.
Energy is the cause. I have to get rest. Creativity comes when I'm rested and have internal energy.
Also, I need to bring in other concepts, look at other art. Branch out.

Wish me luck!

- j

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Details Emerge.

Plucking the little stokes on to the surface.

Must Paint,...I must Paint. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

- j

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Meaning? We don't need no stinkin' meaning!

Paintings don't exist. They just get made out of my actions. With each mark I put on the canvas the meaning begins to create itself. Any preconceived idea I had interm's of subject matter or meaning in the painting is lost by the effect of whatever my marks create. I'm constantly losing or gaining the intended meaning or feel of the painting as I paint it. "Damn, I lost it again." With the "wrong" brush stroke the feeling or mood of it is gone, but another emerges. That's the great thing about it, I love finding another mood or feel that I did not anticipate. The painting then takes on its own existence, its own identity. I still have to make sure it meets my sensibilities, but quite frankly it's not my creation. There is no way for me to anticipate the out come of my paints, at least using the method I use to paint.


- j