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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Painting with a Presence Jan. 3, 2K10

When painting in public, I am clear that everyone who is gathered to watch me paint, or just meanders by, is part of the process. They are participants in the manifestation, or birth of the painting; unaware that they've aligned with me to bring this painting into existence: to witness it's birth. I welcome this, and their presence, as part of the alchemy; of transforming spirit into form.

My paintings capture timeless light; they stop the moon, or sun in it's tracks.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Moon Set, Carpinteria-- Jan. 2, 2K10

Not every moon set is the same; some are warm moons, some cool moons. They all vary depending upon the atmosphere, angle, timing of night, and relationship to the time of sunrise. What I strive for is the immediacy of the moment; to capture the tones, and relationships of the colors and shapes before me.

I don't want all the information nature is giving me, but seek only just enough information that will help me interpret the subject in my studio. It is there I will work from memory, to develop it further, and get to the configuration of my subject. It is a deeper truth I seek to realize and express the appreciation for being in the Earth.

This is the November Moon from Carp1nteria Beach, 14x12 oil/canvas 2009

Moonset, Carpinteria. Jan 1, 2010

It's always a magical experience to witness the moon setting, just before dawn, and or just after dawn. One's gotta get up early to catch the view, especially in winter.

Painting: Moonset, Carpinteria. 8x7 oil/panel

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moonrise Over the Biltmore #1

Happy New Year to all. This picture depicts two paintings; painted on New Years Eve, 2009. The painting on the bottom is the setting sun at 445pm from Butterfly beach, then the top painting is of the Blue Moon rising over the Biltmore Hotel in Montecito. It was a lively crowd celebrating the passing of the decade (with great thanks) and the excitement of the full moon (blue moon) first time in 16 years.

I will post these images when the paintings are finished.

"Blue Moonrise over the Biltmore" 8x6, oil/canvas

"Last Sunset", 2009 6x9, oil/canvas

Night of Departure

I will begin afresh this new year and post one painting per day, depicting my best work from the last 25 years of my art career, and/or a photo depicting myself and the process of being an artist in life. Nothing will not be in chronological order, however it will be theme oriented wherever applicable. All I will say is once an artist has mastered the fundamentals in painting/drawing, it takes miles of canvas to get to the configuration of his art.

I leave 2009 behind, I give thanks for the lessons, I move keenly into the New Year, with the sun to my back, and my nose to the wind.

Night of Departure, 6x6 oil/panel
From the collection of Robert Eringer