Friday, September 30, 2011

Last of this Week's Work

Ink,spray paint,water-based enamel,acrylic,pastel on canvas 60x35cm

Ecoline, spray paint, and India ink on paper 100x70cm

Ecoline and India ink on paper

Acrylic on linen 130x90cm

Ecoline,India ink,spray paint on handmade paper 35x20cm

I had a very productive day today. I started off by stretching the linen and sizing it with acrylic gel. While waiting for it to dry, I finished the first small painting. I worked on the linen painting most of the day. It is at a point where I can stop working on it. Getting ready to leave the studio, I noticed the green Ecoline bottle on its side on the floor, lying in a puddle of green. Well, not wanting it to go to waste I grabbed a sheet of paper and wiped it up, also using the small handmade paper piece to blot up the spilt ink. So, the two larger green and black paintings on paper came about because of the knocked over bottle. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paintings and Photographs

Acrylic, Ink,graphite, spray paint on canvas 50x40cm
Acrylic, spray paint, graphite, water-based enamel on paper 100x70cm

Acrylic, sprat paint, water based enamel ,graphite on paper 100x70cm

acrylic, spray paint, water-based enamel  on linen 120x100cm

Sidewalk in Trecella

Eletrical housing on wall of Bar Pinto in Trecella (where  the retired men hang out at all hours of the day).

These are a couple of photographs I took as an "explanation" for my work. I struggled with the painting on linen because it was sized with clear acrylic gel and the Ecoline (liquid watercolors)  would have worked better on a gessoed surface. But, I like the linen surface and will try another, only using other painting materials.  Now that I am  back to using color I am trying to be parsimonious. Catrine and I discussed how the colors work best underneath the layers. I have to remind myself these things!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011


What Barlow has to say about her work as  being a collection of actions that doesn't have meaning, really hit home. She describes the city as being in constant evolution going from repair to destruction to rebuilding to collapse and how this leaves many open questions. This is an artist I need to research.

Paintings on Paper

Colata di cemento (poured cement-has a nicer ring in Italian). My dad once told me that when they need good cement say in buildings or sidewalks, builders always want Italians, who are expert cement makers.Well, cement was invented by the Romans.

Street scene-this has brown and yellow, a return to color.
I just finished these two paintings on paper using ink, spray paint and acrylics. The imagery is related to  the urban environment. I've been noticing lately that there are few curves, if any, in  buildings, bridges and machines. There are mostly right angles. I will be using more color in the next paintings, limiting my palette, since Catrine thinks it will be a good idea. Both paintings are 100x80cm.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Django Reinhardt, St├ęphane Grappelli and Eddie South Improvise on Bach

A finished painting-Back to using color

This work is finished. I used Ecoline (liquid watercolors), acrylic, and spray paint on Hahnemuhle rag paper. I really enjoy spraying, though think in my small, poorly ventilated studio I might have to cut down for health/ safety reasons. I found a brand of supposedly non-toxic spray paints  here ( you can't get Krylon, it has to be ordered from the UK).
I wear a mask most of the time, but can feel I'm breathing the stuff. I have been toying with using spray bottles, the kind you pump with your finger, and filling them with inks or some kind of paint that won't clog.

Boy, is she in a bad way, or what?  

Along with this completed painting are some images of things  on my commute from home to the studio.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Spontaneity; Two Different Approaches

Frank Auerbach, Shell Building Site,1958 graphite and ink on paper, 19x22cm

Zao Wou-Ki, Untitled,2005 ink on paper, 57.5x59.5 cm, 2005

These two works are the subject of my comparative analysis essay due October 1. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mentor Catrine Bodum's Exhibition

Here are images of Catrine Bodum's exhibition at Sammlung Galerie S/Z, in Uerikon, just outside Zurich. I wish I'd gotten more pictures of the actual paintings, but the gallery got crowded quickly!
The artist, looking lovely in green.

A few of Catrine's paintings and the gallery director, before the show got swamped with people. 

Peti and Jane, who live next door to the gallery.

Beautiful white gallery-the paintings looked amazing.

One of Catrine's biggest fans (her mom).

Swiss Landscape

The painting on the invitation (sorry, but don't have a title)
oil on canvas, approximately 150x120cm

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Some Amazing Calligraphy

This reminds me of street art.

My paintings with black circles were inspired by disgarded tires. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Last Work of Summer

90x60cm ink and spray paint on paper

90x60cm ink and spray paint on paper

100x100 cm spray paint and ink on kraft paper

100xm x 100 cm ink and acrylic and spray paint on kraft paper

200cm x 40 cm ink and spray paint on canvas

110cm x100 cm ink and spray paint on paper

100 x100 cm ink and spray paint on paper