Again it feels like I haven’t been here for a while. Life has a way of whisking us up into it’s vortex an dropping is so far from home… But then every great adventure should lead one to many strange lands and meet as many fantastic people as possible. Lately my PD has been both good and bad. My body has been semi cooperative but my headspace is lost “Squirrel”!!!! Honestly it’s pretty bad. But slowly I’m getting all my systems back in place and hopefully by the new year I’ll have things sorted.
As far as Art is concerned I’m at the final stages of the two commissioned pieces I’ve been working on. The red piece has since been completed during the process of me writing this post.
The Blue/Green piece is going up in tonight’s show as a work in progress with any luck it’ll open the conversation door about the process.
And the close up and personal pic.
Anyhow I’m late for PT so I best be off. Here is a sneak peak at my next post Solo Show
As always Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. You never know when it’s going to change.
Things I see and how I see them:
Time’s a funny thing. Then it comes to life we are so often racing towards the next thing. “Off to the bus, just about time for lunch, TGIF”, all these saying are deadline or per say place card or mini milestones in our days. That turn into weeks then months……. And then the years start to flow on by.
Occasionally I like to think I step out of that “go to”, “next step” life. Lately even though my life has felt more busy that ever I have found some small moments in time and life that I’d like to share. This first set of images I intend to turn into a grey scale collection of large abstract paintings.
*The names or titles given these photos may or may not change.
I’ve been working on three commission pieces as of late all of which are at critical places in their development yet the changes to most I’m sure would seem nominal. So sorry about the lack of posts as of late. I mean really I’m not even that excited to write about the 65th layer of glaze or varnish. Anyhow I digress. I’ve been really trying to find some balance in my life lately. I can’t say I’ve been very successful but the adventure has been once in life time. I hope where ever you are when you read this that your well and thriving in the life you have.
***time has elapsed since I started this post so for now I’ll bid you adieu and hope you know you’re loved in this life. It’s time to paint.
“A life in progress”
Ps. More paint coming soon.
In between real life and what I call real life there’s a time I paint. Sometimes it’s two minutes sometimes it’s two days without sleep, enough whiskey to make Charles proud and enough tears to make Plath smile. Life has been going by so quickly these days I feel like I’m hardly painting but then I realize that I’ve never really stopped. Someone asked me the other night if I show my work… An it made me think of all the lives I’ve been blessed to know and come in contact with. How many pieces of original artwork I’ve strewn across this world… The question made me smile and I replied “Yes, I show my work.”
Living a life with a un-curable progressive neurological disorder illness isn’t the way I planned to spend the rest of my life but at least I can say when it’s all said and done that I live, loved, painted and wrote with all that I was. I hope in your lives you too can feel what’s it’s like to live. Not without fear, worry or pain, but live through it to the amazing freedom that lives on the other side.
Please enjoy the current works in progress.
And as it so often happens during the course I me putting this post together the above piece has changed so more photos will follow but may be out of context….sorry.
Then we have the blue/green that is for the same group of people.
This piece is funny to photo, due to the layering it’s really hard to get a full body shot that actually captures the depth that’s going on within this piece, so one close up is in order so that you may better see what I see.
Then completely out of order :-/ we have the most recent photo of the red/yellow work:
More in line with how this post started, I’d like to remind everyone myself included. To always
Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. It’ll change.. So hold on to the people and places that made or make your heart smile. It’s a long but fast journey that we have on this planet. Make it the best day ever….
Those who know me in the real world know I practice random acts of kindness all the time. At certain times of the year they are not so random ( Christmas donation of hat/gloves/scarves ). Those who know me in the real world also know that time and dates/days have very little impact on my life. With time being relative and technically the date and days are so far off from the actual universal clock what does it matter…. But that’s an all together longer topic than I care to type out on my phone…. Anyhow those who know me know that if it didn’t happen today then my normal go to phrase is “the other day” which day?? Hell if I know lol, but it wasn’t today that much I do know.
So the other day ;) I was at my friends restaurant and lounge. Kraftworks and I ran into a group of people who were admiring one of the paintings I have up. I was introduced to the table, we chatted enjoyed a pleasant conversation then I went on my way. Later that evening while at Maven, I ran into this group of people once again… Yes Salem is a small town when you live,work,play within a 3 block radius. So here I am making small talk at the bar when I decide this very charming group of people need a bottle of wine, from me :) as I’m leaving I have the wine delivered because I really don’t want it to be a big deal. Yes it was good wine, I probably should of joined them but that wasn’t the purpose. In complimenting me on my work and being very kind in general they made me happy. I figured I’d return the “warm fuzzy” feelings via wine. I left…the wine was delivered I figured that would be the last I’d hear of it. Well this morning,very early I receive a txt saying that some art appreciators had come by and left something at the restaurant for me and it had now been slid under my door.
Not only is the card a beautiful vintage photo of a Hawaiian beachfront hotel but all three people wrote some truly kind things. Which by the way is a wonderful way to start any day.
Words I woke to:
Benjamin, I wanted to reiterate just how amazing your work is. Your piece in Kraftworks blew my family and I away. Thank you for the surprise at Maven. You’re a beautiful soul and it was such a pleasure to met you.
So today started right. As far a the ole Parkinson’s adventure goes….it could be better but I can’t really complain. Well I could complain a lot but it wouldn’t change anything nor would it really serve any purpose. On the up side my assistant is settling in nicely to her role in my life, I have an intern starting on a regular basis very soon and I’m looking into a paid position for someone local to act in a “caregiver” status to help shuttle my ass to Dr appointments,groceries and errands that come up. I’ll know next week what piles of paperwork I need to do to make that happen.
Thanks for coming by today as always it was lovely to see you, I’ve missed you being here with me. I hope where ever you are and what ever your doing that it brings you joy. Life is to short to spend a great deal of time unhappy.
That being said,
Much love and light.
“A life in progress”
Of all the souls I’ve kissed and missed yours is by far the brightest, said the moon to the sun.
The end of summer and beginning of fall are always a time of great reflection for me. The days start to grow colder and shorter, the leaves here in the Pacific Northwest begin their change from green to gold. The world looks back at the summer days and longs for one more night.
One more sunburned kiss one more most amazing sunset ever.
**Special thanks to Ottawa for the sunset memories**
Lately I’ve been focusing on two pieces. Both born from a previous commissioned piece.
#1 green/yellow/blue currently I’m not releasing the title.
And a close up.
So far on This piece just the back ground is done. It’ll still add some primary aquatic color and texture.
The second piece is I’m colors of passion…. Or as I see it.
And a little up close and personal pic.
This piece will be completed in this style:
I’ve also been re-touching an older oil piece. This was one of the first Abstract “mother and child” pieces I did starting back in the late 80’s early 90’s. This piece used to be 4 feet by 4 feet then one day durning a cross country move~ disaster struck…..a rip in the canvas.. :( this small 18-24 section is all that was salvageable. In my opinion it’s title and image still stand the test of time. It’s an embryonic view of mother and child.
close up view again.
Well folks that’s about all I’ve got for you today. I hope the world has been kind to you all and you to it. Please remember to always.
Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. You never know when it will change… And it will.
Good morning, afternoon and evening. I know… I’m bad :( it’s been to long since I’ve posted. In my defense life has been far larger than myself as of late. Between trying to get into a rhythm here at home after what feels like 8 months of travel and having the studio tours in mid swing. Things have been going fast needless to say.
Here is quick look at what’s been going on.
A nice selection o prints.
A different view.
I have to say the studio tour was pretty cool. We had about 60 people come through over a two day period. Some how going into this weekend I thought I’d have time to paint during the tour but in reality I spent most of the time talking with guests which was absolutely fantastic. I did however manage to get started on this piece:
And the customary close ups,
And one more for good measure,
Though the weekend had some trying times all in all it was a great experience and something I certainly plan to do again next year. So what’s left for the rest of this year? Well I’ll be hiding fast here at home, no more Ottawa,Saint Louis, New York or UK trips planned for this year. I’m thinking some nesting as start to Dream of Autumn
I was going to send this piece to a friend but that time has passed so me, a nice cozy warm studio some home cooked meals and a mountain for paint~ Sounds like a perfect way to hide away and create the next collection of work. As always I have to thank those if you who have stood by my side over the paste 5 months. You’ve seen me go through the hardest times in my life and from the very depths o my soul…. I give thanks. I’ve made friends I never thought I’d have and lost friends I never thought is lose. But as the dust starts to settle I’m finding myself embraced here locally in many ways, simply it’s good to be home and good to be back to wordpress.
All my love,
“A life in progress”
Colors blend as lines / roles fade and meld into the symmetry of
Form, shaded by candle light giving the knight hope.. Keeping
The mind and souls demons at bay…. Such heart, does this ink bleed for ones taste in the mornings rain.
Lilies, soft and white give grace to day… The soft scent lifts to a place where only your name can be wrapped in words of trust…….
Ive started this post a hundred times over the past few days. I’ve been home for a week and I have to say I’m more relaxed and at peace then I’ve been for a long time. Normally when I write or express myself there is a great deal of internal struggle that I’m expressing. Though if I thought about it for a minute or two in could easily come to a place of angst but honestly it not a place it want to be right now. The piece I’ll show below is something we’ve been watching evolve over the past month, it was signed and edged this morning. The lighting is a bit funky but you’ll get the gist.
This piece started as a commission piece and has morphed into a multi piece project. The Phoenix Rising , tells a visceral story of transformative change. A violent and explosive birth back into the life of the perceptual universe.
18 x 22
Ink and Acrylic
That being said I’ve a huge weekend coming up, I have my pa flying in and a local intern spending the weekend at the studio. The 13,14 we have the WVOST tours starting. Today will be about spending time with paint, prints and people that make my world a better place to be. Something to remember…. Wherever you are and whatever your doing know one thing.. Your loved and cherished. Life is big place hold onto the people that give your strength, motivation and inspiration to be the best person you can be.
Until we meet again, please remember to Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. you never know when it will change.
Good Morning/Afternoon and evening. I hope the the day has found you well, respected and cherished.
It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve written anything of content here and I apologize for that. Life as I know and knew it has changed so drastically over the past 5 months I’m not even sure where to begin. Though I’ll say one things for sure. If life ever was trying to teach me a lesson it’s about change and how to fully embrace it. When I first was DX with Parkinson’s disease back in 2011 I was pretty sure that things couldn’t get anymore intense. Funny how wrong one can be some times ;)
Over the course of the past months I think I’ve learned more about myself then, than in the past 5 years. I’ve learned about and dealt/embraced some of my demons. Finding that some of the things we often run from are in truth the very core elements of what makes up our human soul and perceptual universe. **not to sound to heady** there have been times over the past 5 months that I’ve walked so far outside my comfort zone I wasn’t even sure what to call these new places I’ve been,internally speaking. I’ve found that by fully embracing who I am it has brought a peace and calm that I’ve not seen in my life in years. So yes change will come sometimes hard and fast, but it doesn’t have to completely suck all the time.
Right then, let’s get on the painty things that I’ve been working. Now I’ve only been back for 4 full days so my productivity levels haven’t really kicked is they often do but never fear there be paint.
The first peek is a commissioned piece I’m just about complete, today more than likely.
**In brief the story behind this piece is about overcoming change and celebrating new accomplishment. “A Phoenix rising from the sea of change“
Next we will see a very large figurative piece that I’ve been slowing adding to little by little.
**This pieces story will remain a secret until I’m further along. Though I do hope to be finished with it by December.
Then we move onto a tiny little thing I’ve been playing with. Please do keep in mind that all of the paintings shown here today ARE WORK IN PROGRESS.
Then we come to the purple figure which I actually had a rather epiphanic moment on that in which I’ll share in an entirely new post at some point.
Besides those pieces I don’t really have a ton going on right now which feels a tad odd. Hopefully today I’ll spend some time prepping some new panels and cleaning up the studio a bit since the “W.V.O.S” tour starts on the 13th.
That being said my dear friends I’ll bid you adieu for the time being. I hope that wherever you are and what ever it is that you do, that all your dreams come true. Please remember to always Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have, for one never when things will change. And change they will.
Last but not least I forgot to mention I hung the second piece as Kraftworks tap house last night.
Home at last!!! Just a real quick update to say I’m home, very happy and as healthy as I can be expected. I hope your doing well. Here is a quick look at my first few hours back in town.
And then another view.
I’ve pretty much hit the ground running here, with the studio tours coming up and an event with the mayor September is shaping up to be a fabulous ART month.
As always, I’m honored and humbled to have you all here with me on this journey of life, Art and the long road of living with Parkinson’s disease a a young man. Remember to always Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have.