Saturday, May 30, 2009


Finally I come to the last of the four paintings I still own. This design idea was derived from the movie comedy, “American Wedding.” I just thought using a pie image was a natural for my dots. There is nothing specific in the imagery from the film or any of the other ones from the group. At the time I tracked down some photos of pies for the accuracy of my colors. I’m not as satisfied with the results for this one, but there you have the story.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


As I continued to paint this series, generating new ideas for patterns became more difficult. My inspiration for this painting came from “Jeepers Creepers 2.” Once I saw the brown colors in the film, I wanted to use them. I placed the dots in an arc path. Although this one is still in my possession, I was pleased with how this one turned out.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Friday, May 22, 2009


This is the seventh painting from the “Alpha Series.” The pattern is similar to one I used on a 22” x 28” dot painting. Orange and yellow background colors proved challenging. Anyway, there isn’t much of a story to this one other than I still own it.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Monday, May 18, 2009


In the July of 2002 I was invited to participate in a show at Lallybroch Gallery in Algiers Point. Because the gallery was small, the artists were asked to submit small works. For this show I painted four 6” x 6”’s using dots. At the reception everyone loved the pieces and suggested I paint more. “Delta” is the only one of the first four that I still have in my possession.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

I went on to paint twenty more. Of those I only have three left. When I tried to buy that size again, I was told it was no longer available. Then I happened on a local art supply store that was able to order them for me. I am currently at work on a new batch of dot art paintings this size.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Alpha Series Designs Revealed!

Here are some sketches for some new 6” x 6” dot art paintings. I’ve drawn them adjacent to one another to aid my process. This is only the beginning of these dot paintings. Some of my ideas will evolve along the way. What’s in my head is not always what comes out on the canvas.

Previously I posted the canvases with their first coat of paint. So, I've already chosen my background colors. It’s the dot colors on top that will be big my challenge. I did not map any of this out particularly. Soon, I’ll be posting these dot works I finish them.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Towards the end of 2006, I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. In February of 2007 I began wearing a CPAP mask at night. It’s been an adjustment to sleep with the mask, but I’m sleeping a lot better now. As I’ve completed paintings in this grouping, I’ve been thinking that an image of a CPAP mask would provide a good ending to this batch. But what could I do to make my image interesting when I place it on a black background?

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

My brightly-colored dot paintings have always been more popular. Well, I decided to add a range of bright colors around the image of a mask. The end result gave my dot painting with a 70’s feel about it. The painting reminds me of imagery from the latter part of that decade. Cue the Darth Vader breathing noise.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


In the spring of 2007, the New Orleans Museum of Art hosted the show “Femme, Femme, Femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums in France.” After viewing the show I mulled over how I wanted to depict it as a dot painting. There was such a range of painting movements in the show I wasn’t sure how I would make a single representation.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

After looking at the brochure I decided to aim for the leafy background colors of an impressionist painting. Then I superimposed a face over my background. The face turned into a struggle. In fact I had to put it aside and come back to it. The piece turned out a lot different from what I planned.

Saturday, May 02, 2009


While taking photos on Mardi Gras Day 2007, I happened to snap this shot of a boy on a truck float. He made a war cry face as he held his umbrella above his head. It’s one of my favorite Mardi Gras images. Since then I’ve been stewing about how best represent the picture. After some recent difficulties with my paintings, I finally simplified my design.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Originally I was going to do something with the war-cry-face, but I ruled that out. Instead I concentrated on the jester hat sequins as dots. I figured I’d depict the Mardi Gras colors, purple, green and gold, and then play with the blues from the photo. For the sequins I used acrylic silver paint.