Saturday, October 24, 2009


These are all paintings I have previously posted. They have been revised which is something I often do with my paintings. All five of these were expirimental to began with. They just did not do anything for me as I continued to look at them sitting in my studio. For many years I had thought about trying to do some paintings using various off whites or high key neutrals. By imposing this limit or challenge I believed there might be some interesting results. These paintings were not painted exactly in the way I conceived of doing this experiment. They were not started using only whites, instead, whites were used to paint over existing paintings. The underlying colors are allowed to peek through. Also, I made an effort to use brush strokes and texture to further define different areas of the image. The results interest me more than the original paintings and make visible some new questions I want to persue.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The B&W Turn

Ojo Caliente


Riley Switch

Candy Kitchen

Portable Cosmography
My work over the past few weeks has taken a turn to B&W and maps. Maps have appeared in my work off and on for as long as I have been making images. The turn towards black and white for me is about directness and allignment with my sketchbook. The continued choice of words as subject has to do with avoiding illustration of concepts that are on my mind and going direct to the word in itself. These images have been meditations, struggles , and even visual subversions of the words. This recent group with maps have also turned towards often using toponyms or place names as subject. I am placing and meditating on my connections to theses words and even the actual places. What names and places stick with me? Why? If the place name is not the subject, then a place on the map is related to the word used as subject. This is the case with "Portable Cosmography." Chaco Canyon is part of this map and is connected to the title "Portable Cosmography" by way of a paper I wrote, with the same title, about the social agency of B&W pottery design in the Chaco region of the ancient southwest.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Road Going

Road Going : Pegasus

Breath 66

Road Going: Route 66

Friday, August 14, 2009

Many responsibilities

I have not posted any new work for a week or so, but that does not mean I have not been painting. I have four new paintings that I just need to get photos of and then I can post. Now that summer is over for me, I have so many more daily responsibilities. The images are coming.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Now Showing at Chroma Gallery Albuquerque

The last paintings I posted have been revised, except for "El Don," and I have since painted three new ones I will post maybe later today. My work is now being shown at Chroma Studios and Gallery in downtown Albuquerque. The web address is . My work is not on there page yet, but should be eventually.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Essence and the El Don

This is a revision of "Detroit Redlining." Had to add "The D."

A revision of "Anodyne: Bahia Honda and Key West"
I added the Conch and Sun from the Conch Republic Flag.

This is a new one, "Essence and the El Don"

Monday, July 20, 2009

Gallery Ready

"Providence and Maintenance"

"Medicine: Pagosa Springs"

"Belong: Troubled Like Oraibi"

"Holy: In A Blue Way"
These are revisions of previous paintings that were posted. As long as my paintings are in my studio they are subject to revision(s). Most of the time they get better in my opinion. If they get "worse," I can always re-tack back towards the earlier version. The paintings change as I learn more about where they came from and what connections they have to my current experience. They are layered like life, and a little of the past always shows through.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Rest of the Revisions

Mediate: Neon Novacane

Detroit Sfumato: Redlining

Anodyne: Bahia Honda

Completed revisions

Providencia Verde

In a Blue Way: Holy

Alignment: Dauphine Street

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rough drafts of current work from past two days

Mediate: Neon Novicane

Towards Sfumato: Detroit

Anodyne: Bahia Honda

Alignment: Dauphine Street

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Out of town and cripple

I have not painted since Friday. We are in Michigan and I am still crippled up with some kind of strain in my painting shoulder, maybe a pinched nerve. I am healing up, but this has been irritating me for several weeks. Trying to rest my shoulder and heal it up.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gallery Revisions

These are the latest revisions of the paintintgs. These were taken professionally by Amy Parish . Also, these are going out to galleries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I will keep you posted on how that all goes.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Theology and Geometry: A Dartboard Confessional

Above left, "Juxtapose" (remix).
Above right, "Holy, Holy, Holy: Kinda Blue."

"Theology and Geometry: A Dartboard Confessional"


In the last post the lower image, "Juxtapose", has since been remixed. Last night I was working on another painting and "juxtapose" kept bothering me out of the corner of my eye, it still needed some attention. I started working on tracing over some lines that had been covered up with the grayish-blue. One change led to another and then to others. I will post the results later today.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Illuminations in oil

Promised and delivered. The painting on the left is titled "Belong," the dimensions are 4' x 4' oil and wax on board. The thinking behind that title has a connection to the agency of decorative style in attaching people to objects. In other words, in the anthropology of art and embellishment, the way objects or people were/are stylistically embellished communicates information about the group that the object or person "belongs" to. That is an overly simplistic description, but I wrote a paper titled "Portable Cosmography: The Agency of Style in the Ancient Southwest." that I would be glad to email to anyone who desires a more scholarly explanation.

The second painting is titled "Juxtapose," it is 20' x 24' oil and wax on canvas. With both of these paintings, the title is embedded into the painting.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Three oil paintings in the works

After the last post of eight images I started working on taking the sketch material into oil paintings. I have been re-purposing/painting over existing canvases that had overall repeating patterns painted on them. I have been painting the text illuminations over the patterns while still leaving pattern visible. In addition, I have been experimenting with cold wax medium that has an interesting matte transparency. I have worked on a new one each day for the previous three days. I am not yet ready to post them, they still need some time by themselves and a little bit more attention from me. I am pleased though. They will be posted in the next few days.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Finally! Turns out
I was saving these in the wrong file format. All fixed now. I did not intend to upload these all at once, but I have several hours and many frustrations into this, so they are all getting posted!

The bottom three images here are not in the order they were created.

Their titles are:"Deny Yourself," "Take Up Your Cross" and "Follow Jesus." When I take scripture like this and draw it I do not intend to be moralizing to the viewer. Remember, these are my visual meditations or votives. You as the viewer are able to peek in so to speak on what has been on my mind. These scriptures are embedded in my memory from hearing them throughout my life, often sung in church. At unusual times the words "trouble" me and desire my attention. That is when I will draw them.

Well, I did get this one to upload, but the others have to be re-imported. I am a better drawer than techie.

Internal errors

I had new images to upload but at this time there are "internal errors" and so I only was able to upload "Count Your Many Blessings." I will try again later.
"Count Your Many Blessings"