Notes 1.10.17: Good Riddance, 2016

2016 was a shit year. There is no other way of putting it. I say this for personal reasons, as well as the events that unfolded in this country and around the world.

I try not to get political here. Therefore, I don't have too much to say regarding the disgusting treasonous racist misogynistic orange pile of walking talking excrement that was not elected by a majority, yet installed by the antiquated electoral college, to be president.

Except that is to say: could one ever in the past, have imagined a scenario in which an individual who is to assume the presidency of the United States, as well as a substantial segment of the populace, would show such a lack of care or concern over the clear and overwhelming evidence of foreign interference in an American election - our most sacred and fundamental institution?

This quote by John Adams seems to be the best way to sum up our current state of affairs:

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide”. – John Adams (1814)

I'll end my rant with the great speech by Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes:

#TrumpIsATraitor    #LoveTrumpsHate    #NotMyPresident    #NEVERMyPresident

 

On to other things...

Looking back on this past year, 2016 was a year of experimentation and development for me. Now that I've been through that, I'm hoping 2017 will yield more finished work. Among the many images I have in process, I have been revisiting some older images and reworking them. One of these reworks, Bare, is now completed.

Bare (detail)

Bare (detail)

The reworked version has been uploaded to the Various Works gallery. The previous version was more photographic, but I decided I would like to create a version that was a digital painting.

Bare (detail)

Bare (detail)

In this version, I was more interested in painting expressively and exploring texture. I plan to continue more digital painting with an emphasis on both going forward.

I also changed a couple of photographic works, Clouds I and Clouds II.  I'm hoping to add more of these soon.

Lastly, I hope to finish the first of a new portrait series soon.

So, more to come...