Monday, 25 March 2013

Crown Binding

 The lovely feature of this binding is that you can take the pages out.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Just Ideas

These are really just notions, not full-size ideas. Seems I have a thing with ladders.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Two Books For Collections (Happy Spring)

When I am out and about I pick things up: business cards, stickers, well-designed advertising fliers, and little artsy bits. Sometimes I hold on to colour combinations that I like. Then I stash them and forget about them. My new answer? A Book For Collections. I made two: one for me, the other is a gift.  

The pages are from the index of an out-dated atlas.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Walls -- A Review

The 'templates'
Over, Under, Around, and Through
5" x 5"    12.5cm x 12.5cm
oil on board

Good Intentions

26" x 22"
66cm x 56cm
cut paper

26" x 20"
66cm x 51cm
cut paper

14" x 13.5"
36cm x 34cm
oil on board

The 'Chalkboards'

We Must.....
42" x 32"
107cm x 82cm
oil on canvas
26 1/4" x 24"
66.5cmx 61cm
oil on canvas

20" x 26"
51cm x 66cm
oil on canvas

6 " x 6" each
15cm x 15cm
oil on board

Peaceline 1
13" x 13"
33cm x 33cm
oil on canvas

Peaceline 2
13" x 13"
33cm x 33cm
oil on canvas
Green Lines (and flowers)

        6" x 6" (each) 15cm x 15cm
 oil on board 

Us Vs. Them

Us Vs. Them 1
24" x 22"
61cm x 56cm
oil on canvas

Us Vs. Them 2
22" x 22"
56cm x 56cm
oil on canvas

Us Vs. Them 3
20" x 22"
51cm x 56cm
oil on canvas

Wailing Walls

Wailing Wall #1
5" x 10.5"
12.5cm x 26.5cm
acrylic and mixed media on board
Wailing Wall #2
5" x 10.5"
12.5cm x 26.5cm
acrylic and mixed media on board

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Good Intentions - Return

Back in June and July 2012 I was working on a variety of approaches to walls of good intentions. The idea being that people, governments, agencies, churches, etc. can intend well, but a) are blinded by their own sense of right, and b) those filters can prevent seeing another truth in a situation. I have been looking at these off and on for the intervening months. They needed something to make the images hold. 

Now I have this:

Monday, 11 March 2013

Brains, Hearts and Stomachs: The Paintings and the EP

53" x 31" 135cm x 79cm
oil on canvas

Brains, Hearts and Stomachs: The Emotional Centres Become 'Neat   and Genteel' Wallpaper

I did these paintings in 2010 (for more about them click on the link above). Now the paintings and the stencils involved have received the ultimate vote of approval: my daughter is using them on her website and her new EP. Check out Brains, Hearts and Stomachs. Look and listen!

By the way, I used her face on the Brains painting. Maybe that is why she prefers it to the others. 

53" x 31"  135cm x 79cm
oil on canvas

53" x 31"  135cm x 79cm
oil on canvas

Friday, 8 March 2013

Under ... Under is Over...Under & Out...Under Done

Part of my intent here is to show process.  
"Under" has been particularly hard for me to work on; I get claustrophobic just thinking about it. I came up with some formal qualities that pleased me well enough. The last time you saw 'Under' it was like this. Given all the tape, it looked rough and as I said then, I was not distressed. 

Here it is, taped removed.

I added the part that I meant as a positive force, but I found that it was only confusing.

I brightened the flashlights.....

                                                                                          .....and I dulled them down. 

And finally, I obliterated the whole thing. It wasn't working. What you see here may not last either. 

Likely not. 

I am setting it aside for awhile.