Well this was interesting, at least to me: Someone contacted me looking for one of my paintings and it happened to be from a series that I had forgotten! He provided a thumbnail photo,though and I rummaged around and eventually found a print-sized scan of the painting on an old hard drive.
This work is an abstract on paper and dates from 2004, I believe. I really like it; it’s an unusual combination of stain and dry brush techniques. It was part of a series done for purely commercial purposes and was sold immediately. But now that I am reminded of this beautiful work, I want to create more like it.
Gothic Forest is a photography-based abstract piece envisioned on 30×30 canvas, from the forests of western Oregon…
It took a couple of rolls of film to finally get just the right composition upon which to base this piece: the right balance of light and dark and the right patterns to convey the desired mood.
You were warned that there would be some color coming, and here it is: “Roadside Memorial” is a photography-based expressionist abstract art piece envisioned on 30 x 30 gallery-wrapped canvas, created with Painter and a bit of vision.
My selection of color palette came from the original image itself, a roadside memorial to a mother and her children – killed in a head-on crash …all because she became distracted for a split second by one of her children. Now the flowers are fading, becoming once again part of the earth – just as the mother and her children.
Shocking? Sad? Unfair? Yes to all… that’s just how live is, sometimes.
At one time I had been working on a series of images of roadside memorials for a possible book (a deal that is still potentially out there). This one happened to be first in the series, in part because it happened nearby on US 101. . The expressionist treatment a la Painter gives it a more striking feel than the plain, documentary-like photograph upon which it is based, I think, and adds poignancy to an already poignant story.
Further experiments with photography-based abstraction: Perhaps there is something in the fact that a black and white cat is getting this neo-minimalist treatment but I found it interesting if a bit busy. Painter work was primarily airbrush and pastels – envisioned on 24 x 24 canvas.
This feral cat was beautiful in real life. Here, the cat is a bit creepy (to me). The layered effect just makes it more interesting.
A print is also available.
Black & White 7, 30x40
Part of the series Abstract Expressionism in Black and White – #7 is 30″ x 40″ on stretched canvas. This painting shows a lot of circular motion, which I find interesting.
Most of these paintings come to me first in my dreams. After that, I have to allow them to paint themselves.
The next thing… DVDs:
Film by Drew Lahat, Cover by Pagani
A Columbia film project, the particular piece of art selected for the cover was one of my expressionist-realist pieces I did as a series for a collector.
DVD Credits inside
Lies, Lies and videotape … a weatherman can no longer live with himself. A story of deception and its penalties.
original acrylic painting
16″ x 20″
I wonder sometimes how tv weatherpeople can live with themselves. They get paid big money to lie about things, pretending they know when they really don’t. It’s sad.
Tired of the lies, the pretending, the deception – a TV weatherperson does the only honorable thing and commits suicide against the green screen….
Against The Green Wall
acrylic on canvas
10″ x 14″
The Green Wall is used for chroma-keying in the weather maps. On television, you see all these maps and animations (which are quicktime files, btw) but in the studio all you see is a big green wall. Computers do the rest. The weather person must look off to the side at a TV monitor to see what she’s pointing at.
This ‘meteorologist’ has had a problem with being perky lately. She knows her predictions are crap and it comes from computer models that are about as accurate as rolling the dice. Yet day after day she pretends to know something …until she can’t take it anymore.
There are many ugly things in life, and some of the ugliest involve the loss of close family members. I’m not portraying ugliness, however, I’m trying to tell how I feel…
Requiem For A Dead Sister
Oil on Canvasette
16″ x 20″
My oldest sister died. We weren’t exactly close, but we were family. And her loss made me feel like I’d missed out on something. It made me wish that we had found time to learn about each other instead of being separated by our messed-up family. But you can never go back, all you can do is remember….
Abstract yet even as she fades into the surface you can see who she is what what she is about. Nothing is hidden.
11″ x 15″
I wanted to do this painting completely freeform, without even thinking about the results. Instead of looking, I decided to feel my way through it. I’m pleased with the results.
There is beauty even in abstraction… breasts still curve and hips still invite. Sometimes, there is more beauty in abstraction, as details fade and the imagination takes over.