Thoughts From the Shower

Any notion or idea that abstract art is the pinnacle of artistic expression, or somehow superior to figurative art, is completely absurd. Abstraction is simply another form of expression. Bay Area artists like Richard Diebenkorn and David Park took a huge career risk when they returned to figurative work in the 1950s and 60s.

I’m not expressing a preference for figurative work, even though my body of work is figurative. I have a tremendous appreciation and love of abstract art. In fact, I admire artists like Diebenkorn, in particular, who are able to paint beautiful ideas through figuration and abstraction.

March

February bled into March while I kept working on a short series of works that began with the pill bottles painting. I added glasses and a coffee cup to the series and have been trying to work out the last subject to complete the series.

In the meantime, I submitted work to two separate juried exhibitions. Didn't make it into one and won't hear back on the other till mid April.

All in all things are moving right along. Summer break will be here soon and that will provide an opportunity for me to get a lot of work done.

Sometimes an idea just doesn't come together. I'd like to add the element of time to complete this short series of still lifes I've been working on. This composition just wasn't working out at all and so it comes to a point where you just scrape away all the paint and start over. However, this is all part of the process and now I have a pretty good idea of where to go.