Friday, October 29, 2010

Five Years Later

Five years ago I found my way to Blogger while exploring an AOL Top Ten Blog List. I was merely trying to find out what blogs were and why people were constantly talking about them. Suddenly I was prompted to create a blog. Surprised at first, I clicked away. A few minutes later I went back and created my first blog about my dot art. It wasn’t long before I set up several more blogs. I jumped in with gusto.

My first intent was to put images of my art out there since many of pieces had survived Hurricane Katrina and the Flood. I was grateful that the works were spared. Some of my college, and younger artwork, perished in the basement of my aunt’s house. The art wasn’t high enough, from the floor, to remain dry.

It’s taken some time for me to find a groove for this blog. Along the way I’ve been lucky enough to have regular readers. Several of them enjoy telling me what they see in these pieces.

Tonight I am working on some new dot paintings. The deadline to submit them is in the coming week. I still have many hours of adding dots to three 20” x 20” canvases. My process takes a lot of time.

A BIG THANK YOU to my readers who continue to visit this blog. Thank you to those readers who comment and regularly share their observations. I really appreciate your feedback.

Now back to work . . .

Thursday, October 28, 2010


While in Memphis a fraternity brother showed me two of his separate landscaping projects. Both involved colored cement. The cement used in the backyard of a townhouse was a yellow-brown color. In the other project, the cement path from the main house to a new basketball court, was purple. Thus I combined the colors from both projects in a dot painting. In addition the colors turned up in a photo published in the local paper. That was coincidental. Anyway, I was very pleased by the color combination.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Sometimes a certain icon will pop up in my daily life. If it repeats several times, there’s a good chance it will show up in my artwork. My story begins with rabbit images featured in an art show at Cheekwood Art & Gardens in Nashville. Artist Joseph Peragine chose a white rabbit as he explores the theme of “vulnerability” following 9/11. Also in the show included images of Sherman tanks. Apparently, the design did not do well in tank-to-tank combat.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

When I arrived back to Memphis, I thumbed through a book I bought at Cheekwood. In it I stumbled across a photo of a sculpture located on the grounds. Sophie Ryder built her sculpture, Crawling Lady Hare, in 1997, when she was an artist-in-residence. It was constructed out of tightly bundled galvanized wire supported by a steel armature.

The following day I met an art professor, my family put me in touch with, over at Rhodes College’s Clough-Hanson Gallery. There was an exhibit of T. L. Solien’s work. Several of his pieces included cartoon-like rabbits. I don’t remember if this one is in the show, but it was similar to the ones included in the brochure I picked up. His surreal images depict events in his life.

Some weeks later when I was back in New Orleans I noticed a newspaper story about a giant pink bunny sculpture erected on an Italian mountainside. A Viennese group of artists, calling themselves Gelitin (Gelatin until 2005) stated that the giant stuffed toy was “knitted by grannies of pink wool.” The idea was to give people the feeling that the rabbit was the giant, Gulliver. People who have visited the sculp have been invited by Gelitin to upload photos to the website photo album.

Well having encountered these four instances of rabbits, I decided it was a good symbol for me to represent my evacuation to Memphis. Also, the day I went to Cheekwood, I was trying to keep my mind off the fact that Rita was delaying return home. The excursion was an additional escape, if you will. For this painting I decided to paint a simplified white rabbit with a green background. The white rabbit was one I first saw At Cheekwood. The green background has to do with the Cheekwood gardens.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

While in Memphis I saw a film entitled “Forty Shades of Blue.” It was filmed in Memphis and the director was on hand to take questions after the movie. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the movie enough to stay. In fact I hated the movie. In the plot, there was a love triangle with people that just did not interest me. Overall I found the film irritating and depressing.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

That being said, some of the background shots included flickering blue lights. I previously have discussed bokeh/circles of confusion. Well that part interested me. My order of canvases, beyond the first eight, did not arrive until the day before I left Memphis to go back home to Metairie.

Back in the New Orleans area I saw many roofs of houses covered with blue tarps. Well, that’s the blue I used to create a background color. My composition had a number of variations of that same blue color. This is the first instance where I consciously mixed something from Memphis and something from my return to the New Orleans area as I continued working on these dot paintings. As for the title, it is pure coincidence that "no" (New Orleans) was the title for this content. The title for each of my dot paintings, in this series, is assigned according to its date of completion.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


When I made my day trip to Nashville, I first stoped at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Inside this large modern building was a group show entitled The Fragile Species: the New Art Nashville. The shows theme was “vulnerability of the body and the transitory nature of life.”

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

One piece, in the show, caught my eye; it was called Especially Considering Exposure by artist, Barbara Yontz. When I made my dot painting I imitated hanging threads with my dots. My colors choices were influenced by the show as a whole. Many of the works had a medical feel to them. Not every show I see moves me to make art, but this one did.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


lo” was inspired by Paulette’s, a French restaurant, in an Midtown Memphis. It is in walking distance of a movie theater and a performance theater. The interior tile work inspired my color choice. When I asked my server about the speedy service at the restaurant, she told me that the staff is aware that diners are anxious to get to a movie or play. I enjoyed the dishes I ordered both times I dined there.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Friday, October 08, 2010


At the University of Memphis Art Museum, I attended the opening of an exhibit called “The Perfect Show.” All the pieces were by artists who worked in very detailed compulsive manner of perfectionism. There’s one piece that had black enamel dots that was the specific trigger for this one.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

An interesting point about the show was that it was originally supposed to show the at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center in the summer of 2005. However, the CAC did not have enough money to follow through. Anyway, I’m glad I had an opportunity to see it. I went to a program given by the curators of the show who talked about their experiences in pulling the show together.

In painting the dots on this piece, I mixed paint with acrylic polymer gloss; so these dots are translucent. When I finished I thought more about the green mold that plagued folks who had water in their house. I’m glad I did not have to contend with that issue.

Monday, October 04, 2010


The orange background made me just want to mute the color with cool colors. I started from the middle and just went around and around until I finished the canvas. There is no one place that led to my palette. My guess is that the colors were from some Malco theaters – like some of the earlier paintings in this series.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"