Friday, December 28, 2012


Above, the latest iteration of the "Door" painting.  Is it done?  I don't think so, but time will tell.  If I sign it and hang it on the wall, yes, it will be done.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In The Mix

A Louise Nevelson sculpture, photographed, and recast in Ferrari colors.  Yes, this is pleasing!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Irish Blessing

Friends, yes, "may the road rise up to meet you."  Peace in your travels, always.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Not What You Would Expect

Sometimes when you are hiking in the woods, you find things that you might not expect, like a lone fireplace from 100 years ago, with no building associated with it, anywhere in sight, or...
a rusted shovel, perhaps a coal shovel, with a tree growing right up through it.

Lens Flare On Point

Lens flare, sometimes it is a pleasant surprise, and adds to visual interest.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Water, Water 02

Water, deliver your promise of solace.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Water, Water

Water, calm and still.  Be at peace.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Atelier, as a two tone.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Here In The Northern Hemisphere

November has its own beauty and majesty.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Still Life, and Thankful For It

I was fortunate enough to have some studio time this week.  I did some loose sketching, which felt great, and, worked on a couple of paintings, one with collage, and one in oils, shown above.  Yes, this was fun.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Art Side

1930 US Census gone abstract.  Why?  Just for fun.

Architectural Detail From Bygone Era

Need a place to tie down your pony while at Saint Stephen's Green in Dublin?  No problem, there are plenty of spaces available.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Image Du Jour

A pastel, painted many years ago, "Mountain Light."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ambitious Project

Above, a dolmen located in the area known as The Burren, in northwest County Clare, Ireland.  I am told that the capstone on this tomb weighs around 65 tons.  

This is design with an enduring impact.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Digital Meditation

Digital, visual mantra of the day.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Something Blue

As in poetry, the right confluence of image, form, color, and text.  Yes, this can be pleasing.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Eye Of The Beholder

Shown, a somewhat unusual tree fungus, found in Acadia National Park, Maine.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Architectural Detail of the Day

Courtesy of I.M. Pei, and the ancient Egyptians.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Late Summer

It is late summer here in the northern hemisphere, and the rose hips are in full glory.

Monday, August 20, 2012


View over the Atlantic, with a touch of digital manipulation.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Massive Stump

On the Oregon coast.

Space Needle At 50

The beloved Seattle Space Needle at 50, repainted in the original colors just for the occasion. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fiat Dino Spyder

The Fiat Dino Spyder makes getting there, a ton of fun.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Still Image

Here is the still image taken at the site of the previous entry, that being, the "Motion Pictures" posting.

Motion Pictures

Above, an early foray into video.  I hope to do more.

In The Hands

Detail from Balthus' "The Bernese Hat", that is, with the photographer superimposed.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Studio Shot

Self portrait in my studio.  Yeah, I am in there somewhere.

New Directions

I am working on two or three new paintings that represent new directions for me, including the above work.  This is always exciting.  Often this process involves a series of forks in the road.  In keeping with the famed Yogi Berra comment, when there is a fork in the road, I am going to take it.  

What lies on the other side of the door?  Who is to say, but that is part of the adventure.

Monday, July 23, 2012


Can you see yourself in another artist's work of art?  Yes.  Especially when the work is covered with UV protective archive grade framing glass.  Such is the case above, while appreciating a work by Miro at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Painting In Progress

Above is a work in progress.  It is an experiment.  I decided to use one of my pastels, as a point of departure, and see how it translates into oil on canvas.  All this is covering another painting that just didn't satisfy.  I will see where, if anywhere, it goes in the days ahead.  Today, I glanced at it from time to time and tried to imagine next steps. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Painting Du Jour

The painting of the day, "Harbin Jew."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Little Wild One

It's not often that you can have a little wild one like this get close and just hang out (without the temptation of food), but that is what he/she wanted to do.  I enjoyed playing with the image to get that "1970's" color balance, at least, as I imagine it.  The image seems to have that slightly faded Kodak print look, yes, on the warm side.  I find it pleasing.  

Monday, July 9, 2012

Roots of Syncretism

See the color, hear the waves, smell the sea breeze, touch the sand, taste the salt, feel the water, be there in the moment, there and then.  Bermuda.

Aphrodite Redux

Aphrodite, a Greek torso in marble from the 2nd century BCE, photographed, digitized and modified for viewing pleasure.  This is a work of art for the ages, ever so lovely, on view at the Seattle Art Museum.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

If You Go

If you go to a Mark Rothko exhibition, the above image shows what you will often see, that is, a lone viewer transfixed by a painting. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vote For Your Choice!

The IDSA 2012 International Conference will be held mid August in Boston, Massachusetts.  A poster contest is underway to select a poster to be displayed at the conference.  The designer of the winning poster will receive a host of awards including one complimentary registration, four nights paid accommodations, and a free iPad.  Posted above is my entry to the competition.  If you would, kindly click on the following link, and vote for your choice.  I hope you will choose, entry number 12!

Thank you, friends!

Digital Recast

An old painting, turned on its ear, recast in new colors.  It means nothing, beyond what the viewer may see in it, if anything. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


The most recent painting by Dr. Ju and me, working title "Sound".  Not signed, not dated.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Creative Spectrum

My friend and art collaborator, Dr. Yanan Ju, at work on one of our paintings, in the studio.

Friday, June 22, 2012


I am waiting for paint to dry, but I am patient.  It is enough satisfaction to see a painting evolve.  Often when I paint, I have no idea where it all is heading.  For the piece above, I have a pretty clear idea.  I may take a fork in the road, but in this case, on account of  first creating a sketch that I am excited about, I can see in my mind's eye, what I am after.  Step by step, in the words of a friend, I will get there.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stalwart Design Ready For Action

Here is a rugged, industrial product, like a soldier ready for service.  Behold the military grade hydrant, this one located on site near the Ballard Locks in Seattle, Washington.  Quietly holding back enough water pressure to put out a fire in a warehouse or on a ship, the hydrant has its own aesthetic charm.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Winged Beauty

If I can get a halfway decent photo of wildlife, I am happy.  Such is the case in this image of a Steller's Jay, a magnificent bird of the American west, this one native to Bainbridge Island, Washington.  I spotted the bird while driving by.  I quickly pulled over, and captured the image through an open window of the car.  I am glad that I had my Nikon P7100 handy. 
It appears that this bird has been bird banded, that is, caught, tagged, and released.  That is part of the wonder of photography.  It allows you to look closer.