Napping Between Acts. Oil on canvas 12″x16″. (1973)
I painted this back when I still made my own stretcher bars and hand stretched the raw canvas, prepped it with gesso and marble dust, sized it with rabbit glue and primed it with lead based white oil. It is a layered painting (old traditional style process). I wonder how many oil paintings are out there with lead based paints today? They are only dangerous if you eat them! You are not supposed to touch them, either. For whatever reason, back then clown paintings were a favorite of mine. I only have three or maybe four of them still around, I will post the third known one next week. If I find the fourth one, I will probably make a set of prints of them.
Golden Gate Bridge. Oil on canvas miniature 2.75″x5.25″ Painted in 1969 after returning from San Francisco.
A very small painting on small stretcher bars (also miniature). Until I visited this city, I thought of the bridge as the most important aspect to be remembered, but after touring the historic “Painted Ladies” part of town, I fell in love with Victorian homes. Later in life I was so inspired by them that I designed and built several dolls houses in that style. That will be a later post.
There were many miniature painters 4 decades ago, and some really good ones now. I went through that phase and still enjoy very small works with big ideas.
Oil paint on canvas 5″x5″ (miniature), painted 1969. This is a small original studio painting done originally for a sidewalk art show. Oil paint really holds its vibrance over time and if you varnish the oil after a year or so it will last hundreds of years.
The wind preceding a storm in the Arizona desert often kicks up huge clouds of dust that mix with the rain clouds and reflect wonderful colors in that late Arizona afternoon sun.
This storm was approaching just at sundown, when the desert floor was already dark but the high clouds caught the setting sunlight. I love when that happens – it makes great scenes, and make the colors sing! One can only observe or photograph these storms, as they move and change so quickly. This one is mostly a memory piece, as no camera was available.
Oil paint on canvas 5″x5″ (plein air miniature)
A painting done on location early in 1968 – Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona. My wife and I were newlyweds and going to college in Flagstaff, Arizona. Oak Creek was only 14 miles from the campus, but you dropped from 6000 feet to less than 600 above sea level in that short distance.
This was a favorite place to go for college students – you can see why. From snow to sunbathing in 30 minutes!