A Brother’s Hand

16″x20″ mixed media

If my paintings were sculptures I normally sculpt in clay. I add and add layers. This was created like a stone sculpture, I started with a wild underpainting, and then eliminated details to reveal the focal point. Negative space is what this is all about, turns out you can paint a beautiful tree by only painting sky.

Walking to School No•6

Walking to School – sketches

18″x24″ grey and black ink on newsprint

I read once Hemmingway always stopped writing mid sentence at a really good part so it was easier to get back into writing the next day. It turns out that your subconscious keeps “working on the project” as you move on to other things. I try to capture some of that subconscious grunt work by making notes about ideas, sketches, underpaintings, color plans… there are just started and half finished paintings all over my studio. Now, to let my brain work out these paintings as I move on to a mountain of laundry!

Inner Light

“Slice a pear and you will find that its flesh is incandescent white. It glows with inner light. Those who carry a knife and a pear are never afraid of the dark.” -Yann Martel

Ready to Enjoy

12” square pastel on sanded paper

“A pear will never fall into a closed mouth.” – Italian proverb

That proverb is more poetic than “you won’t win the lottery if you never buy a ticket.”  Whatever your game is folks, put your neck out there.  You just might luck into a delicious mouthful of Pear!

Fallen Aristocrat

6” square pastel on sanded paper

“The pear is the grandfather of the apple, its poor relation, a fallen aristocrat, the man-at-arms of our domains, which once, in our humid land, lived lonely and lordly, preserving the memory of its prestige by its haughty comportment.” – Francois Pierre de la Varenne

Sleepy Pears

12” square pastel on sanded paper

“All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.” – Rebecca West

Perfect to Eat

6×6 pastel on sanded paper

“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 I choose my pears carefully: based on their blush, hip curvature, and stem length and leaning.  Even when I don’t paint them, I love to appreciate their beauty, on my counter, until the small window of time when they are perfectly ripe and should be enjoyed: room temperature, eaten with a spoon.

Silently Consumable

6”x6” pastel on sanded paper

“It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.” – Edward Bunyard, ‘The Anatomy of Dessert’