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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Colorful,But What Is It?


I really don't know what this is supposed to be. It was done in a large sketchbook, using acrylic paints and coarse molding paste. Gerhard Richter does large scale, squeegee paintings on aluminum. This reminds me, slightly, of work of his that I've seen. Except that this is tiny by comparison. The coarse molding paste gives it a gritty feel.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Colorful Alphabet (2005)


The alphabet was written out using a bamboo stick and latex fluid (artists' resist). When the latex dried, I applied Dr. Martin's watercolor dyes; when that dried, I peeled away the latex. I may have added a few extra spatters. It was 6 years ago so I can't recall all the details.


Friday, February 11, 2011

The Angry Pentagram (2002)

I don't know why I think of this as the angry pentagram, but I do. It was done some time ago in the large sketchbook (about 10 by 14 inches) and was done with gouache. There is a loosely constructed pentagram and 5 blue dots. Perhaps the fact that there are 5 Moran brothers explains my obsession with pentagrams and pentagons. And the math part, mustn't forget that influence.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Three Faces




Found these recently. Little watercolor faces done spontaneously on 3 by 5 inch paper. Curious to me. Who are they? Maybe if I gave them names. Any suggestions? I think I would choose Shifty, Boris and Chico, though not necessarily in the order shown. Can you tell which name would go with which face?




Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Totally Today 2/8/11


Another subconscious doodle using pens, ink and paper that were leftover from a recent project. That project was the creation of a small bound book that will contain farewell messages to a colleague at the college. I chose the theme "Fare Thee Well" partly because of a Dylan song that contains that phrase. The prominent FA was a practice for the book itself. Then, today, while chatting on the phone with a chatty friend, I doodled away and here's what I got. It was fun and, oddly, organized in a very loose way. I hope to be able to live my life that way: loosely organized. I guess we could come up with psychological interpretations but, hey, just a doodle. A fun doodle, but still that's all. Looks cool, though. To me. Oh yeah. 4" by 7 1/2 ".




Monday, February 7, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Abstract Weave Drawing 1980


This is a very small drawing, around 4 inches by 6 inches. It was done with a fine tipped marker on paper that is definitely not acid-free! The drawing is fading and the paper is yellowing, but still, I like it. It's odd that, years later, I got interested in doing actual paper weaves, probably first seen in brother Dennis' inspiring studio space.