Hi, how are you today, doing well I hope. As you may have guessed from my first post today I’m feeling a tad melancholy. I apologize for putting those vibes out into space, really I’m thankful, there are so many that are far worse off than I. So shall we take a look at some paint? Yes.. Okay then let’s do it!!
I took Message in a Bottle to get properly fitted with her frame today. I’m very excited to get it back this Friday so I can hang it in the March show at Crema.
I also took the companion piece Red Dragon ~ Coral series to get framed today as well. Another piece I’m really looking forward to seeing framed.
This show at Crema is going to be an interesting mix of both old and new some older pieces from late 2011-12 and then some newer pieces like the ones above. I did however take a piece that I hold very near and dear to me. Many I think will not “get it” which is perfectly fine with me. The work is titled
“So Many Questions” and it’s not just about PD though it is the first piece in the 2012 Parkinson’s collection. For me it’s also a very pure statement of how I think. I question everything, period. I have since I was a child and I hope to for all of my days.
So Many Questions
I’ll also be showing these older pieces, most of which have only been out of the house once.
The Long Road
I will also be hanging a number of smaller pieces this time as I don’t like to repeat myself when I show and except for some large pieces, most everything is sold already. A quick look at the little-ones.
The many faces of me
*never before shown in public
And if by some small miracle I’m able to complete the Moon and Me then I’ll show this piece as well.
Sorry for the poor photo quality on that on its still very much in progress so I haven’t taken any quality pics.
Well thanks again for stopping in tomorrow I’ll be dropping off the piece for the Capitol building juried show
I’m so excited to just be a part of the event, who cares if I “win” or place in my mind I’ve already accomplished my goal. The Capital show will hang from 2/28/14 thru 3/7/14.
As always, Be Brave, be Bold and Thrive in the life you have.
Much love and light
There are days when the pain and fatigue are more than I can find words for. Sadly often those days are when people need me to be socially ” better” and not a guy shuffling around with Parkinson’s and stage 7-8 pain. See that’s the silly thing about neurological disorders is they change the singles and the way the brain sends or does send signals out. Today my hip sockets deep deep down inside where my spine joins the pelvis is basically on fire. Literally like waves of electric fire is washing over the bones. No amount of Percocet ever really tames the pain. It robs me of my leg strength and makes sitting impossible and standing almost unbearable.
Today reminds of this painting
The Many faces of Me
As my days can change at a without notice. Then again I think that’s true for all of us.
This post has lapsed into the next morning it now being 2/17/14 4:30am pst
I just to my morning pill and am doing the grandpa shuffle around the house, a fairly common thing for me so no big deal though my tremor is stronger than normal this morning so typing on my phone is a bit of a challenge. I like to think of it as trying to walk across one of those bouncy castles you have to catch the rhythm just right and move in short burst. Well being this early in the day it’s time to do two things drink coffee and get painting.
I’m so close to finishing at least the first layer of hand detailing on the red coral piece. I can see the finish line yay, then some planned changes to the back ground and viola we may just have one more piece to add to the 2014 collection. Anyhow I believe it’s Monday today so happy Monday it’s Presidents’ Day hear in the states which means the kiddos are home from school and I virtually have the house to myself since the girls will be out I town most of the week. Hmmmm what kin of trouble can I get into lots I’m sure but I won’t. I’m a good good boy.
I hope wherever you are that you have a great day and that the world is kind and generous to you. Should you ever need a kind word or reminder if how absolutely brilliant you are please look my way I’m always here for.
Much love and light
A lonely heart yearns for what it has not.
But a calm place to rest the head and heart.
A space that let’s the soul sing and the knights fire come alive.
Tis but a place in books and the memory of men that this hollow heart once remembers.
Given such days of love and want.
Gone with each passing moment does a dying man find comfort in small word of black and white.
It rained again and I thought of you alone in the mirror wondering how and why..
How and why has this loathsome ache replaced the beating heart.
Has not love filled it’s chambers a thousand times for a thousand years.
I give you love not written in paper nor sung in song but eternal in the knights sky for he and me are I
The pain written in a muses blood doth break the tender heart string of mine.
Given only hope that love large enough to heal the wounds that run so deep.
How I bleed for tortures of a muscle that ever beats then stops forever.
Know this poetess of my dreams desires.
No broken heart call could a true knight
ever lift his hand not to hold another above the flames of hurt and sorrow.
Rest knowing there is a light so strong that no darkness could ever consume.
For it is you…
Given the hearts of man pulled by the stars above
and the oceans below tis no surprise
our wandering hearts break so easily.
Great knights with armor so
do carry that burden of the stars and below.
With each ebb and tide as the moon wanes
as so do I, find myself caught
In the tide wash and flow.
Such madness of being
these heartstrings and things.
Paint and prose a wild growing rose
Kisses at midnight and tickling toes.
All these things of a guarded heart knows
Yet simply keeps kept where
the secret garden grows.
Hi, I hope the day has found you well. Strong title yes,? Well if one thinks about it, everyday is the first day of the rest of your life. I’m a firm believer in not limiting ones self. There are things we can’t do. Breath underwater or in outer space. But as the beings that we are we have limitless possibilities in the universe as to what we do with our time on this planet.
Today after being up for the past almost 48 hrs straight I took it pretty easy as you may imagine. I wrote some words which I may or may not share at some points. I worked on the first layers of color for the new coral pieces.
Really just the first layer number one. So many changes ahead for these lovelies. Last night during my adventures in not sleeping. I finished “The last Dance” a story of remembrance and passion, of longing and leaving. Long good byes and last looks as the Tarmac fades away.
Just as you enter the studio directly to your right is this antique mirror and shelve. I have an affinity towards dark wood, things of a more classic nature. The whole built well last forever thing has me hooked. A few closer looks. I had this frame that needed this piece created for it.
For me there is something very magical with this piece, maybe it’s the fact I’ve said goodbye a lot in my life. Far to often for forever, friends, family, loved-ones and lovers. The Last Dance
In my search through the fog of insomnia last night I frantically, desperately looked for tranquility. In my search I found this,
In a previous post I detailed some things in my younger life that were note worthy. I hope you’ve had a chance to check it out otherwise. Well it’s now been 48+ of being awake and I’m tired as hell, I’m going to sleep. Ní ní.
Good morning, I can’t even begin to tell you how absolutely wonderful it is to see you here today. Or for that matter how lovely it is for me to be here this morning. As you may or may not know since my move out to the country I have gained a private studio space, heated with separate entrance real windows and an office. (which still isn’t set up) One of the things that I didn’t take into consideration when I moved was the fact that I was no longer living with some of the amenities of the city such as a the bus, or having my son and daughter even remotely close to the schools that they attend. Oops, poor planning on my part. So there are days when I literally have mere moments to myself before I have to attend to the needs of others.
Such is life. That being said it does give even greater pleasure to the time I do get to spend in the studio. Below you will find a number of pieces **All of which are works in progress, please join me as we take a short walk through my most recent adventures.
This piece is very close to being finish, its comprised of gold flake enamel and various cadmium of yellow, orange and white.
“The Last Dance” 9″ x 12″ mixed media 2014
This piece has yet to receive it final definitive depth coat a signature final varnish or truly be finished but I’ve had this image and feeling in my head and heart for weeks. If you will let me take you to your (our) past. That feeling of the last dance of the night, or a long good-bye from a date that started and ended innocently 24 hours after it started. I know I’m not verbally expressing myself well but that joy and longing, sense of completion yet a yearning for it to go on forever even though you know its time to go…. That is what I’m trying to express in this piece and will once completed. Hopefully to be completed after my morning tasks today.
This lovely miss is just a charcoal drawing that took about 1 minute to do ( 12′x 24″)honestly I am just looking at placement of the figures getting an idea of location, form and feeling. I’m going to be combing (hopefully) a number of styles into this piece. The Goodnight moon, idea with my classic figure style as well as a little surrealism done in the same fashion as Green Girl. We shall just have to wait and see how it all goes could work, could not.
by now everyone should be able to recognize this collection with their eyes closed , yes its a Coral piece one of two and it is very, very early in its development. As a matter of fact it only has one color so now its just a giant orange blob but I guarantee that will change shortly. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and see the Love piece in its new frame then please do so, I think it turned out rather well. As always, Be Brave Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have. Should you ever need reminding of how truly gifted, special, unique and important you are to the world please come see me and we’ll talk. For it’s always harder to see the light you create for others when your standing in the middle of it.
Given the choice each day to fight for your life and the things you believe in. Are you a warrior? Or are you not? I ask a question similar to myself everyday. Everyday when I wake I’m conscious that I have a choice to some degree of what and whom I’m going to be. We all have challenges and by no means would I ever say mine are any more great or small than another’s. I do though believe it’s how we far those challenges that determine our fate. So I choose to be a warrior, not perfect not above any other just a scared boy trapped in a dying mans body who refuses to go quietly into the night. I choose to try to spread love, light,compassion and strength to every human I touch. For it’s not what a man has but what he leaves behind that is his legacy. So if all my paint and words fade into the annals of history I hope to be know for just a few things, love and kindness to others. Strength and determination to others. So as so often I’ve said I’ll say again.
Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have.
24″ x 48″
Mixed media, oils, ink
2014-Simple Truths collection
I was searching my archives of written word for love and it seems just about everything I write about has the word love in it. I’ve picked a more recent verse to attach to this thing we call love. Yet no words shall ever truly capture love. I believe it to be like fire very much alive for once truly captured I feel that love and fire share the same fate.. They are extinguished. Wars have been fought, heart,minds and body’s healed. Enormous acts of courage performed all in the name of love. Yet it’s different in the eyes of every living thing. For some it is simple for others such a myself, it is deep and complex, it is strong and endless, unconditional yet as delicate as the breath of a sleeping child. Here are some words of love written by me: 11/13/13
There is no rest in sleep
Born from a poets heart
A wanderers mind
And a lovers soul
I miss you like the leaves
Miss the springs sun
After the warms rains have
Washed the detritus
from the day
As the cool autumn night
Guides the inborn fire of life
Taking seed once again
So do the stars flirt high above
I yearn for you as the sands cries
each time the waves say goodbye
Just as the moon slips far from sight
Only to give way to his lovers dawn
Each breath my last till the next
Takes it place by your side as I
Desire to be but can not.
On this mid autumns song
The photos below are from left to right
Top, middle, bottom close ups of Love.
I often paint and write about the things I feel and or need in my life. Sometimes I don’t know which it is until Ive completed the piece. I believe that our world needs Love right now a collective deep breath of love to ease the hearts and minds of many. This piece will not change dramatically as I’ve seen love in it. It will get many layers of varnish which will help create even more depth and color separation. That being said I share my love with you.
After a long night chased by demons I’ve found myself doing the one thing I know will heal my soul . Yes…. It’s painting. Last night / this morning I started work on the me Coral Series 2 pieces. A day or so ago I cut the panels:
Since then some things have changed.
These pieces were designed to be companion pieces to each other, I guess we all need a true companion once in a while.
These pieces are close to being finished but still require a final glaze and solid color wash. With any luck I may have them finished by the end of the day. Which by the way is my official day off. No errands or going out at all today. Stay tuned for a detailed post on Love, as she is very very close to being done.
I hope where ever you are and whatever your doing today that you feel loved and appreciated. If for some reason you don’t then as you read these words know that you are. I’ll check in later.