Monday, November 30, 2009

Rockets!


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".

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Santa Ynez Valley


oil on canvas board, 8 x 10 inches

Done in 1999, on a very cold, very windy ridge off Figueroa Mtn Rd. The easel had to be weighed down with a couple of gallon jugs of water.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Farmer's Market



or should it be "Farmers' Market"?

Either way, a sketch for a painting-to-be

Monday, November 23, 2009

Shaun Tomson




displacing some water on a 6'0'' reflex

Sunday, November 22, 2009

En Plein Air




Franchesci Park

Rocker



n 16-1/4''t 15-3/4''

fin box at 5'', side fins up 11'', out 6'', 1/4'' toe

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

La Notte



Monica Vitti, painted from a still.

oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Was on Holiday




Jean Seberg, "Breathless"

Sunday, November 15, 2009

So Old



that its almost new again

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Line Drawings





A couple of random sketches from a figure drawing session. Lines like that seem to come about after thinking stops.

Conté on nicely yellowed newsprint.

Space-Age







Flextail. Super Chine rail. Epoxy/carbon fiber.

But, will the masses go for it?

Gee Bee




In the 1930's depression, two Massachusetts farm boys- the Granville Brothers- learned of a cash prize offered at air races. Despite knowing nothing of either flying or aeronautical design, they set out to build and race (and win) with their iconic (and very dangerous) Gee Bee racer.


Its fun to paint- to freeze in space- a dynamic object in motion.
oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

Into Thin Air




In February of 1960 Maj. Joe Kittenger jumped from the balloon Excelsior at an altitude of 120,000 feet over New Mexico. Officially, testing of pressure suits for space flight was the objective of the mission.

Maybe it was also for the thrill of it all.

The helmet makes the figure look a bit baby-like, jumping into life. This image is a powerful metaphor for taking risks, calculated or not.

oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches