Sunday, August 13, 2017

Synonyms for Prudence #1

I am experimenting with spare landscapes on which to display a meditation on prudent, frugal, or careful emotionality. That statement may sound unnecessarily abstract and academic, but what I mean to explore and express is my experience of needing to situate overwhelming degrees of active thought and feeling within a context of serenity and balance. It is a place from which to be in a position to operate in good health. This is the first experiment in this series.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Monday, July 10, 2017


Getting close to finishing this painting, which began in late April when I saw in my mind a fluffy young bird who is fascinated by and nurturing of a large luminous blue orb. 

About 16 years ago I was doing a vision quest on finding one's spirit animal suggested by a book, probably a Llewellyn publication, that I had been reading. This sounds incredibly hokey at best and appropriative at worst to my adult mind, but was appealing to me when I had recently graduated college. I was anxious that my animal would turn out to be something I really liked, like a raven or something. Instead, hanging in the air where I thought it should be, hung a big blueish-purple orb instead. It followed me as if animated and living. Later I decided that perhaps I was not to be told at that time what my spirit animal was, or that I was in danger of seeing something inauthentic due to my apparent need to see a respectable and wise creature. The vision-guardians, I thought, had concealed my animal in a glass-marble-like globe.

Tonight as I take in the results of the painting I am drawn to the stance of the bird and the look in the eyes. I can see that this bird, rather than being fascinated, is protective in a very instinctual manner. He is guarding the orb with his life, evaluating you as you approach, and would be willing to bite the hand off of any thief. 

Thinking about this art-therapeutically, as I am wont to do recently, I can see that life circumstances have created an over-protectiveness in me. A fierce quality guarding underlying hyper-sensitivity and a need to defend types of being that are unpopular. Stingy, anxious, and intense, but at its core just wanting to preserve what is its own.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Still life with flowers

This is my first attempt at a true-to-photo still life, and I am pretty pleased. It occurs to me that I should paint from good photographs more often. A dear friend Cherry gifted us the flowers and my mother Cheryl requested a painting, so I thought this was a good match.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Brandeis JustArts Faculty and Staff Art Show

 The biennial JustArts Faculty and Staff Art Show gives us a chance to share our work with the community.

Two student journalists have given me some feedback in their newspapers:

The Justice 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Elephant in an Anthill

I thought I heard someone say once that that if you are an elephant you should not try to fit in an anthill. Anyhow, the saying stuck with me an inspired me to do the underpainting of this two years ago. I returned to it recently and this might be the final version. After finishing it I tried to search the internet for any reference to a saying or idiom or tale, but have come up mostly empty except to learn that the two are natural enemies. They do actually show up in a lot of tales just not in the specific way I remembered hearing. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Frozen Charlotte and Friends

I have started on a still life, maybe my third in life, this one is going well. It will contain several objects from our cabinet of curiosities, this first item is a geode. I set the items up on cloth and quickly realized that as a novice I do not know how to translate the 3D scene into 2D painting, so I photographed the group and am painting from that. I also added a light bulb to create light and dark areas, which my sweetheart thinks I never do enough of. Off to a good beginning, for the painting and the week.

The skull is the second "friend" in the series of four.