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Thursday, January 29, 2009

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It’s Sudoku! Yes, I love working Sudoku puzzles. When I’m sitting in a waiting room or waiting in a line for a long time, I find them handy for passing the time. In creating this piece I had a chance to combine my dots with another way I like to work, grids. In fact I have a blog dedicated to grid artwork called got grid.


acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

To keep things interesting, I decided to play with levels of grey in this painting. It was certainly a challenge. So far the reaction has been “Where is the color?”

Sunday, January 25, 2009

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A couple of years ago I had to undergo a test that involved drinking a liquid the night before. I had to mix powder with water in a half-gallon jug. This liquid was not pleasant to drink. The idea was that I had to finish it over specific period of time. I felt like I wanted to hurl each time I drank it. That’s about all I want to get into concerning this event. Not to worry, I did fine with the test.


acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

My painting, this time, begins with the color of the wall in the area of the hospital where I was tested. I then added dots to depict the powder going into the water of the liquid I had to consume. Even when mixed this concoction had a thick texture.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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A little over two years ago the Krewe of Zeus celebrated its 50th anniversary with a parade on Twelfth Night. A friend invited me to her parade party. In taking pictures I was intrigued by a pair of masks that adorned the mantle in her mom’s home. I was inspired to borrow details from both masks in making this painting.



First I started with background colors that divided the canvas surface into halves. I then added dots to depict facial features and decorative details. Currently I’m using the image as my avatar. The red sure makes it stand out.


acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Saturday, January 17, 2009

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To celebrate my aunt/godmother’s birthday, my family and I treated her to dinner at a restaurant called Chateau du Lac. At the time the restaurant was located on Williams Boulevard in Kenner, Louisiana. I was struck by the colors of the walls inside the restaurant. The lower part was a dark blue and the upper part was bright yellow. The water glasses had the same color blue as the blue portion of the wall. The colors, yellow and blue, were repeated in d├ęcor throughout restaurant.


acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

The colors scheme made me curious. So, I asked our server about the significance of the colors. She explained that the colors were traditional French colors. I then remembered the blue banners that were used after Hurricane Katrina that sported a yellow fleur de lis and the yellow words “Recover Rebuild Rebirth.”

As long as I was going to create a piece that had to do with this French restaurant, I figured that a fleur de lis would be very appropriate. I decided to imitate the coloring of the walls in the restaurant using a similar proportion of blue versus yellow. This is the third fleur de lis amongst my dot paintings.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

“a” Series Next Slide Show

So here’s a slide show I made for the second half of the “a” Series. I called the first half “Transition.” And after pondering a while, I decided to name the second half “Next.” The title sums up the theme of this group of dot paintings. This batch is not completed as I write this post; however, the slide show automatically updates as I upload new photos the file. So, eventually the slide show will display the entire set of paintings.

As I have done before, for the other batches, I will explain the origin of the imagery for each painting. These works are derived from my experiences from January through March of 2007. Also, I will discuss my process along the way. May I present to you the “a” Series Next.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Circles Shaded

This week I've been experimenting in my sketchbook. I wanted to do something with overlapping circles. Once in a while I work this way: drawing, erasing and drawing again.


graphite on paper, 8.5" x 11"

Monday, January 05, 2009

Numeros, the Next Three

A couple of months back, I talked about my six paintings titled with Spanish numbers. I have named this group of dot paintings, what else but, “Numeros.” Given that I have sold three of them, I thought I’d give you a peek at the next three canvases in this series. Each one of them has a coat of paint, thus far. I’ll add two more coats before finishing with dots. There will be a lot of changes before I’m through. Here are links to the first six works. Scroll down to view the three new ones in progress. Yes, I have a lot of work ahead this year.

Uno
Dos
Tres
Cuatro
Cinco
Seis


acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"


acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"


acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Thursday, January 01, 2009

"e" Series Part Two is Coming Soon!

Here is the second half of the upcoming “e” Series. I still have to give eight canvases their first coat of paint. So, some designs are still be in flux. Not until the dots are added do I solidify what I’m doing. Again, I’m not sure what will be the overall name for this bunch beyond “e” Series. I try to use as much of the paint I mix as possible. So that’s it for my dot art previews. Stay tuned and have a Happy New Year!


26 - 5" x 5" s, acrylic and color pencil on canvas