Oil sketch of @syrahfriend ‘s little monster
on panel 10x10x2”.
Don’t ever apologize for the fire in you.
Never say sorry being real.
I don’t do many commissions but I love surprising people with pet portraits no one asked for 🤣🐱. For the record, this is a dog outfit over here. See studio gremlin highlight reel on profile for proof of this canine jurisdiction 🖤
*** UPDATE: sold!***
“After the Little Prince.” Oil on cradled panel study 8x8x1”.
“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too.” Antoine de St Exupery
I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.
This was a favorite growing up and worked well for my purposes trying to understand light this week.
**** UPDATE: Sold!🖤🔥****
Art is the highest form of hope. Gerard Richter
If we don’t have art, if we don’t have culture, then what the flip are we going to talk about? These are our stories right now, and these are all we got as far as I’m concerned.
I don’t care how you do it but I truly hope you have your own language to do so and the courage to share it.
I’ll just be over here, continuing to paint my own.
WORK IN PROGRESS. Baselayer acrylic and metallic on canvas 3x4’
“DO THE DANCE, After Murray.”
I don’t have formal art training, but I always watch and read a lot of content about painting and go to galleries and museums as much as I can. Never once in my life have I ever been pulled into an abstract piece of work. I assumed this was a shortfall I’d just have to accept.
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago I quite randomly stumbled into a very old article in the New York Times critique of Elizabeth Murray’s “Do the Dance.”
The author describes this “as a late painting, made in 2005 after she had received the diagnosis of the brain cancer that would kill her two years later at age 66. It’s made of five separate canvases. In the lower left corner there’s a Gumby figure as a patient, attached to an IV. Above this is.a series of round canvases that are connected by a blue laddered line that might be a spinal column or row of sutures. On the right side are two biomorphic shapes yellow and lavender that occupy their own canvases, forming a couple struggling to stay connected.”
And the next part of the article, this is what I haven’t been able to get out of my head. Maybe because the whole thing struck a nerve with imagery of ill patients I am sadly too familiar with as a nurse practitioner in tandem with the life of a painter who told her story in her work the whole way through. I don’t know, but it resonated on a level I didn’t expect:
“At the bottom of it all, in the form of a long blue squiggle, lie the waters of Manhattan. “Do the Dance,” Murray tells us, when the end is near. The dance is life. And life, for her, was painting.”
I can’t wait to see this one.
Oil and gold on canvas 24x36”
That emptiness. Like wind, you cannot see it, but you feel it. Some days, you wake up to a gale force and you must simply endure.
and you will.
and that’s what these horses are about.
Sometimes it’s just a gentle breeze and other times the gust brings you to your knees. It’s always there.
I am so envious of anyone who reads this
And doesn’t understand
Study in progress 16x20” oil and acrylic/gold on canvas
Reference: @be.still.trev 🖤
Whatever you’re feeling, you gotta know, is an appropriate response to this world.
Small portrait of two special ladies 🐶🐶
Oil on fancy cradled panel 10x10x2”
This is a lot smaller than I am comfy working with so this was a struggle. I say that in a good way, life is about choosing the struggles you enjoy having some times.
I think it's imperative to
trust your artistic instincts.
Painting is not about analysis and logic. Painting is about doing and then thinking. There are not many areas in life where you can apply that.
You certainly don't want to walk in front of a bus with that frame of mind, but in
painting, it's about creating problems, not always about solving problems.
I get better is by making mistakes. Mistakes are part of the work, every single piece has atleast 1 full day (if I’m lucky) of thinking it’s all gone to hell.
Work as much as you
possibly can, make as much work as you can
and always always trust your guts.
And be careful around 🚌🐒
Quick sketch, oil on cradled panel 8x10”. A Portrait of @sunglassesheadband ‘s Sully.
I think it's important to work as much as you possibly can because that puts you at the ready for the moments when lightening strikes. This is not often, but when it does happen, your muscles are moving , the paint is workable, the brushes are cooperating. You're ready. (I don’t think I was ever ready for cats, but here we are).
When I'm stuck and when the paintings suck and nothing is working - which happens all the time, I don't sit back and try to get inspired.
There's no such thing for me.
I'm inspired by work, so I keep painting.
I will be the first to admit, I feel a little self-conscious when people comment on my level of output.
You know it’s a rough time when your friends’ cats show up in your studio.
Particularly when that cat is black. 😹
Aliza and Her Monsters