NEW WORK

Winter 2023. Work in the studio continues, with five paintings on the easel (nearing completion) and several digital sketches in progress. A few of the current paintings are based on the “Convalescence” theme, such as these two “posters”: Rose Garden with Screaming Dolls (L) and Crippled Blind Girl in Wheelchair (R). Both are oil paintings (w = approx. 30 in.). The 5 or so images shown first are actually mostly finished . . . for what I am “really” experimenting with at the moment scroll down a few pages.

 

 

 

Left: another “poster” from the Convalescence series. The text is in Esperanto, the series evokes pilgrimage and psychological reconfiguration.  Oil painting (approx. 13 x 45 in.) currently on the easel. Right: two almost complete oil portraits (both approx. 20 in. in height): medieval women with dolls.

 

 

 

Fall 2022: Painting continues (see below for paintings currently on the easel, specifically  On the Road Again). I also continue to explore ideas for new paintings.  At the moment I have a bit of an obsession with “AI Art Generators” like DALLE-2, Craiyon, and Midjourney.

I first began playing with Craiyon a few weeks ago; the sketches were surprisingly compelling, perhaps a bit like the doodles of a promising art student who has taken a mild dose of psilocybin?

Here are two image sets done with Craiyon. I have included the prompts I used to generate the sets; note the use of the name of an artist as an  influence on the style of the output. Among the AI generators I have tried, Craiyon seems to have the most interesting, often rather Dionysian, imagination; the limitation (at the moment and in my recent experience) is the inability to scale up to a more detailed sketch.

 

May 2022. Left: Woman with Cat (Hebuterne version). Right: On the Road Again (Ophiomancy).  These are digital sketches for new oil paintings. I have been working with this imagery, in particular the Jesus-in-Wheelchair theme, over the past several months. Ophiomancy refers to fortune-telling by snakes: a serpent appears in my dreams . . . what does this portend? Click on images for detail.

 

 

 

In order to categorize and “accession” my work from the past two years, I created a virtual art gallery, the Oneiros Gallery (from the Greek word for dream).

This is the entrance to the Oneiros Gallery including the list of 12 or so  featured paintings. While the gallery itself is virtual (i.e. digital 3-d) the work is real (oil on canvas), framed and sized as shown.  Details of the paintings are available in Gallery One (see menu).

Here are a few additional views of the interior of Oneiros Gallery.

Below left: this is the hallway leading to the studios. The artists themselves collaborate on decisions regarding featured artwork in the studio area; in this case, a Cimabue altarpiece (late 13th century) is juxtaposed with the Francis Bacon Crucifix it inspired.