Sunday, January 4, 2015

Waxing Gibbous, 10 Days

Happy New Year! I threw the tripod out onto the deck at the turn of the New Year to capture the moon waxing gibbous in the 10th day of it's lunar cycle. No big party, just a quiet evening at home, though I could hear fireworks and shouts throughout the neighborhood as I pointed the camera skyward into the very cold night, trying not to think of resolutions. I certainly have some forthcoming short-term financial, professional, and creative goals like most, as is always the case, but as for the rest of the year I'll resolve to simply wait to see what happens with an open and positive mindset. Won't you join me?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Autumn Triptych Video

Pictured above are the finished panels that were shown at Norton's Fine Art in the Smaller Is Better Show on Nov. 22nd. There was a warm & lovely crowd in the gallery on that drizzly evening, and everyone really enjoyed the fellowship of local art enthusiasts, the artists, and their work. The show runs through January 10th, so get by and have a look! Here's a little video of the progression of work on my little paintings on masonite from September to their completion, just a few days prior to their November submission...

Above, Untitled (In Our Hearts) framed and displayed at Norton's Fine Art

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Smaller Is Better Showing at Norton's Fine Art

I have three figurative pieces in the 2014 Holiday Show "Smaller Is Better" at Norton's Fine Art on Nov. 22nd. I was surprised to win the Bruce Zuckerman Memorial Award last year, and had a nice time enjoying the other artists' work. Please join us from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. for the opening reception! Full of small, affordable pieces of a wide variety of art, this group show may be your chance to find that special something for the holidays that no one else will be giving...

ABOVE: Finishing up Untitled, 2014 for the Smaller Is Better Show
11 x 14", acrylic on masonite

Saturday, November 1, 2014

M'Uncle: Shark Bait

After a year of work, my brother and I are finishing up the album we're making with our nephew HBH. Pictured above is the concept art for the said recording, M'Uncle. It likely won't have the boy's initials, as he made his desire to differentiate his collaborative work from his solo work clear. I like that. In the spare time Myles and I worked with HBH on the forthcoming record, he recorded two lengthy albums on his own, and is finishing up a third acoustic album he wants me to produce cover art for. He is alarmingly prolific. As the M'Uncle project was taking shape, I'd put together a video of for the first song, The Needle, back in January. Another fun pop number on the album that I wanted  to produce a video for was Shark Bait... 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Abstract Photography Review Video

I realized I'd come to a natural close recently with my summer abstract photo project that really began back in February with Spectrean accidental capture while mishandling my new camera. This group evolved from a folder of similarly captured moments, eventually also involving staged shots- these are based on reality, distorted by motion, with very little digital manipulation in most cases. A bed comforter pattern, a toy on my desk, a food package, or any other number of objects at arms length- they're all there. I may have turned them upside down or adjusted the color temperature or contrast, but they exist somewhere in space-time.

I am fascinated by the relativity theories about these temporal/spatial dimensions, astrophysics, molecular science, and am reminded of the like subjects in the distortion of these images manipulated by movement in space during that singular moment. What dimension does that "event" exist in now, and how is that defined? Did I define it by attribution, by association? Thoughts like that drive some people crazy and they may be trivial to daily existence, which is probably why I like to think about them. Sure, the mathematics of string theory look like Chinese to me, but I have a big imagination that requires regular exercise. There is also a spiritual, and sometimes spectral feel to many of the images- another subject of I enjoy pondering. I'm unsure what it all means, but will probably spend the rest of my life trying to understand- like the rest of you I hope...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Concrete Ocean 5th Year Anniversary Exhibit

I can't say enough good things about my years of working with Bryan Pease at Concrete Ocean, from my inclusion in his group showings, to my two-man shows with fellow artists Jeff Sass and Dale Wilke. Bryan is a tireless defender and promoter of the working class St. Louis artist, and extremely talented artist in his own right. Please come celebrate with us all this Friday:

Concrete Ocean 5th Year Anniversary Exhibit
Friday, Oct. 10th  7-11 P.M.
2257/2259 S. Jefferson Ave @ Shenandoah
St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


digital photo, 2014