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  • The Stages of an Artist: Video

    I decided to make 'Stages of an Artist' when a friend recently asked me to show how my art has developed over time.

    This video is a way to answer that question. It is a chronological view of selected paintings to illustrate how my paintings have changed and evolved from about the year 2000 to present.

    Click the double arrows under the video to enlarge to full screen.

  • Art Process in Action: Updated!

    For several years I have been participating in workshops called The Painting Experience. (For a more detailed description see my earlier blog: The Painting Experience,  Jan. 22, 2013).

    These workshops have dramatically affected how and why I paint.

    The focus of the workshops is to enable you to stay in the present moment and let the art work develop in a natural and uncontrolled manner. It allows you to tap into the mystery of the artistic process. As you moves through the process, the risks of stepping into unknown are ever present.

    By letting go of control and being open to whatever happens next in the painting, the process itself becomes the primary activity, the final art produced of little importance. It is often difficult to explain this Art Process in words. And even more difficult for the listener to grasp the concept.

    I decided the best solutions is to show how one painting developed by showing a series of photos. These photos show the paintings and Art Process in Action. As I painted, I stopped periodically to document the paintingʼs development at each successive stage. Later I combined the videos into a movie.

    In the beginning, there was no plan. I thought I would only paint 2 faces, but became inspired to enlarge the painting to include their bodies. The snakes, plants and insects were images that appeared to me as I painted. This was also true of how the bodies grew, the tears and blood, the black hands and the outlines. Even the choice of color was quite spontaneous.

    As an artist, I find I am now able to paint more authentically, feeling freer to express my inner emotions and ideas.

    I hope you will find this demonstration both enlightening and interesting.

  • Videos and Figurative Art

    Videos and Figurative Art

    Every Kinda People

    Acrylic on Paper 

    Over the past couple of years I have been painting figurative images and making videos of their process and development. Often people ask me about how a piece of art came to be. The videos which are now on this website, are an attempt to answer that question. I thought that by seeing the art grow and develop along with my narration of my inner thoughts, the viewer could better understand how and why a painting was born.

  • The Painting Experience

    For several years I have attended a wonderful workshop in Molokai Hawaii called the Painting Experience. The workshop is not a traditional painting class at all. There is no instruction about how to paint, or how to mix colors even.

    Instead, it is a time of inner exploration. Anyone can take part in these workshops, whether or not they “know” how to paint. That is because the act of making a painting is treated more like an exercise in meditation.

    Participants work silently, standing before their paper, and letting their inner most thoughts and feelings be expressed by the paint. There is no judgment or interpretation of the painting. Rather it is a time to explore and expand oneʼs mind.

    As a painter I find the process fulfilling. It has enabled me to be open to new directions. My creative juices are stimulated in ways that are exciting and new.

    For more information about the workshop see:

    www.processarts.com

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