I suppose I should start by telling you a bit about how
these pieces are created.
It all starts with a doodle
(actually, it starts with an idea - more
about that later), then a pencil drawing, finally
gouache (a thick,
opaque, water based paint that dries flat) is applied on
board using various brushes ranging in size from small
really small. Gallery 4 shows a piece at each of these
Somewhere on this site is a fly (not a moth, a fly)
with "How does he do that?" written around him click on it and you
can see the process. Almost all of the pieces are done
BLACK gouache, there is no WHITE paint used (except for
a few of the
early ones in Gallery 3) the white you see is the
Most are approximately 10" x 15", some are a bit
smaller, some are
kinda squarish. They each take anywhere from 10 to 20
hours or so to
complete (not counting the endless hours of staring and
wondering how am I going to make this work).
the creative part:
so where do the ideas come from? I'm not exactly sure.
somewhere out there, I guess. Something I hear, see or
read. They seem to flow thru the ether and somehow end
up tapping me on
the shoulder. I don't necessarily go looking for ideas
I let them come to me organically. I just sit here
patiently and wait
for them to develop.
What are they about? What do
they mean? You
tell me. Really. I could tell you what exactly inspired
each one, or
how an idea took shape and what I was thinking as I was
them. But that's not what I want to do. I would rather
you tell me what
you see, what you think when looking at a piece. What
does it say to
you? If art speaks to you, causes you to react - good,
happy, sad, frightened, confused, concerned - whatever
then it works. Apathy is the only response an artist
I will tell you something
them...though I probably shouldn't. I have been told
that the pieces
in mood and/or subject matter. For the most part, they
to be. A few of them are very personal, but most have
I truly enjoy creating
and sharing these pieces.
I hope you find them
even a little thought provoking.
Thank you for taking the time
wander thru my mind.
Check back from time to time, I will be adding new
pieces and updating as the muses allow.