Thank you for visiting the Work-in-Progress ONLINE GALLERY (IN THE AGE OF CORONA).
During these unusual times, with the intention to get my work where eye will see it, I've created a temporary online gallery space for anyone who might be interested in seeing what's new. In an effort to give you a different "online gallery" experience, I have put it together as a work-in-progress space, (pan down), because people seem to show an interest in the evolution of a work. (My Instagram page is another place I share this process.) I hope you enjoy the endeavor. Each piece is in varying degrees of completion. I will be adding and removing work as it develops so please stop by often. This will be a temporary situation as we all navigate through these unusual times. To see completed paintings please go to Paintings on the menu bar. Thank you.
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1/22/23 Here’s the first update for “La Leyenda Del Beso” (The Legend of the Kiss), 48” x 60” oil and gold leaf on birch wood. This painting is an attempt to remake Klimt’s “The Kiss.” I hope to do it justice.
"La Leyenda Del Beso" (The Legend of the Kiss)
On Friday 11/11/22 I started painting a new one. The base of rough, vintage wood I put together. This one is another god of protection, a Norse god this time. And it’s been a minute since I’ve painted a man so it’s been a fun experience. More later on the man behind the hamar, Tor, (@gunnar_tor_nilsen), and the Italian photographer, Dino, (@dino.serrao), who captured him in Iceland on a spontaneous moment. It’s a great story in itself! More soon, I promise. Just trying to get this one off the ground. Thought the goddesses could use a good man around. Anyways, have a great weekend.
Untitled #7 (God of Protection)
10/28/22: Here’s todays update of the new painting, “Woman, Life, Freedom” (36x48” oil on birch panel), of protester, Nasibe Shamsaei, cutting off her hair in response to the “Morality Police” killing of yet another woman, (Mahsa Amini in this case), for wearing her hijab too loosely. These people have been suffering under this horrible government now for 40 yrs. These brave young women deserve the worlds attention and support. This must change.
Okay, I’ve been working on her face and neck and plan to work on arms/hair/scissors and sign of Mahsa pinned to her shirt in the next few days. It’s getting there. There’s no collage on this piece, this time. For some reason I just want to paint, and I’m feeling an urgency here with this one. I hope you appreciate the effort. I hope you have a great day!
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Woman, Life, Freedom
Thought it was time to finish up “Ixchel Goddess of Peace” (Ixchel, aka; the Elder, 36x48”). Sanded down and revised the Ukrainian news articles for collage on her shawl and keeping it pretty raw this time. Brought back the gray to her hair as she is an Elder here. What’s next, I’ll continue to work on her hair and add headdress jewelry, detail out the gold headdress with some Maya motifs, work on detail of face, neck and hands and add more jewelry. I’m really loving the collage right now and want it to be more prominent. I’ve made mistakes in the past by covering it up too much and it broke my heart. Also want to bring out the dove and olive leaf more. Anyways, here’s the latest.
Ixchel Goddess of Peace
”All of those ancestors, all of that tenderness given to child after child, the last being this one ~ the baby she holds in her arms.”
With all the turbulence we were going through I needed to paint something comforting, soothing to my nerves. To me this woman is a guardian angel, a lost loved one looking out for this child in a hostile world. And the little girl is all of us.
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Calling Out Our Better Angels
9/30/21: Update on “Guess Who?” (Medusa), laying down the quick sketch (tues/weds/thurs), and hoping to get some collage (& gold leaf?) started soon. I’ve been wanting to paint Medusa for years. She gotta bad rap. I think of her as a sister and warrior who didn’t take any crap who became Persona Non Grata, cursed a monster. But I think she’s cool. More progress pics soon.
Guess Who? (Medusa)
This is a work-in-progress oil and collage on a vintage kitchen drawer.
“Swoon“ oil and collage on vintage kitchen drawer.
I wanted to share to evolution of these paintings, as some people seem to want to see the process. They often go through many changes from the original drawing like with "After The Equinox." She started with long flowing hair, but then I felt it needed a more timeless look, so I pulled her hair back, (my favorite hairstyle for painting, I've come to realize). I start with the basic grid system to lay down the quick sketch then go into oil there after.
This piece will be framed in vintage rustic wood. I hope you enjoy the effort.
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"...To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us,
but what stands before us.
We close the divide
because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another. We seek harm
to none and harmony
for all. Let the glob