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:
#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.
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.
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...
I have too many ideas and too many pieces I wish to work on and too little spare time to work on them. I need a wealthy patron.
Despite there being a couple of additions to the Vanitas series in the works, I have not been able to progress with that series in quite some time. And now, as often becomes the case with me, I am thinking of changing my original intent of that series and possibly the name along with it– or scrapping it entirely and just starting a new series altogether to take its place…
I have eclectic tastes and inspirations, and a shifting interest in exploring different ideas…but unfortunately not enough time to delve into all of them. Not fully. Not in the way that I wish. Which means, unfortunately, some things get put on the shelf for long periods of time, or just abandoned entirely. I seem to always want to explore several series ideas at once. I guess I like the idea of a series, generally speaking. To explore a concept or visual language in depth; letting it evolve "organically" over time. But not having enough time to fully explore some of them, or give them equal attention, means that some series evolve very slowly…or I lose interest.
Of course this hasn’t dissuaded me from the two new series’ I am currently working on starting…
In contradiction to my New Year's resolution, I have been missing in action from this blog. I wish I could say that it has been all due to life throwing obstacles in the way, but that is only partially true.
Despite the aforementioned obstacles, I have managed to work steadily this year, so far. A lot of my time has been experimenting; there is a new series I am developing which I hope to unveil soon. I seem to want to do a number of different series. I can't help it; I have varied visual interests.
I also recently completed the 'sister images' “Figure IV” and “Figure With Red”. “Figure IV”, which originally was to be titled Figure in Red, went through a few metamorphosis before becoming what it is now. Ironically, “Figure With Red” was the result of a happy accident while creating “Figure IV”. Don't let anyone tell you the happy accidents are somehow lost with digital media; I have had many. When turning off some layers to check something, I turned off the wrong ones and liked what I saw. It wasn't quite a Figure + Abstract image, at least not where the series is now, yet I liked it so much I wanted to keep it and create more, and so the Figure + Form series was born. Though it came out of the Figure + Abstract series, the Figure + Form series will be a different type of exploration.
I have several, too many in fact, pieces I am working on that are in various stages from barely there to almost complete. Some of which (gasp) do not belong to a series at all.
Lately, since in recent years my work has increasingly become more and more of a mixed bag of traditional media combined with digital painting and photography - and I have been going deeper into digital painting itself, I have been thinking about how to describe or categorize my work. Perhaps it doesn't really matter in the end. I have to point out an excellent article I ran across: A Defense of Digital Painting (and Digital Art in General) by Eric Wayne. The article is from 2014, but very relevant.
I pretty much agree with every point he makes about the biased elitism, snobbery and nonsensical arguments made by traditionalists against digital art. Though Mr.Wayne's article mirrors my views exactly, he articulates them much better than I could. The attitude he pushes back against are unfortunately all too prevalent. I remember a certain photography oriented site I used to go to years back, full of the same self-satisfied elitist traditionalist types of photographers. I always found that to be funny, since there was a time when photography was a newer medium and the same narrow minded attitudes were leveled against it that today are directed towards digital based work in certain quarters.