Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
One of a series of paintings inspired by old LIFE and National Geographic magazines. The source image for this was actually cobbled together in photoshop from 2 or 3 images of a famous, early 60's American Mt. Everest expedition.
Besides the illusion of gravity and of deep space rushing down the couloir and back (and seemingly tilting up) to the distant glacier, I was intrigued by the state-of-the-art high tech equipment of the day: leather, wool, and nylon. The climbers probably smoked, too, in their tents and warming huts.
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Last night I was reading a spy novel set in 1958, around the time of the sputnik era, and there was a description of the Jupiter rocket that would launch the US's first satellite, and it mentioned that there were the letters "UE" on the side...
I have a painting that I did when I was 8, and it was exactly that rocket.
I happened to be looking at the painting, recently, and wondering why I put those letters, rather than "US" or something. I found the image that I painted it from (must've been in LIFE or Nat. Geo., originally), online. Apparently I was a very diligent copier.
Just now, looking at the original photo and the painting, together, I remembered being 8 years old, with brushes and gouache, in my room with the grey linoleum tile, in the house on Iliaina street, listening to "The Hurdy Gurdy Man".