News From The Couch: Deep Into Summer

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In this painting called “Bursts of Summer”  I found myself one again struggling with the ambiance of messy perfection.  I can hear my teacher saying to me … clean up your lines … kind of like your mom saying clean up your room.  The need to keep things extremely tight often pushes me right outside of the box. 

It isn’t that I resist a “perfect” line, it’s just that often nothing around me in nature really speaks to that.  It all seems so organized but not acutely perfect. 

I drag branches from a tree that got blown in the wind last night and watch as the green green leaves start their journey of decay.    I enjoy the texture and random similarity of leaves and the timeless knots in the branches. 

Time for some more coffee.    That’s the news from the Couch this morning.  Hope your doing well. 


“Bursts of Summer” is 14 x 17  and costs $400.00.  You can contact to purchase.  All work is sold unframed and is done on 300lb archival paper.


Famous Abstract ARtists ……

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Willem De Kooning (1904-1997) a Dutch American ARtist.  Here he is immortalized for all time.  Another Abstract artist who believed that he was an “individualist” as opposed to abstractionist .   He was a hard drinking man who had notorious escapades with woman.  The hallmark of de Kooning’s style was an emphasis on complex figure ground ambiguity. Background figures would overlap other figures causing them to appear in the foreground, which in turn might be overlapped by dripping lines of paint thus positioning the area into the background. 

“The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.”   De Kooning

Endless Days of Fun

Being an artist is a full time job.  Having been doing it now for 20 years has created some of the most interesting moments with myself.  For one … I always give my best to my art.  Always … I don’t put a bunch of villains or shadows in my work because I feel that life is given with the best hope of success.  I believe that If my work hangs in a person’s house I don’t want negative symbols floating around.  So I do my research.  I study the ancient purpose of them and their use.  I find a lot to love about geometry and it’s perfection.

I love nature.  Long walks, the beach, the warm days and the starry nights.  A patch of sunflowers in an open field have a million poems waiting to be written.  A smiling child or a laughing couple … or friends enjoying themselves. 

There are moments of introspection …  that society doesn’t have maps for.  Those moments may be strange and scary.  Having exposed myself to passion has allowed a lot of un masking.  I often find that this is a great teacher in my life.   If I have the space to share a “real” side … it’s as abundant as the fields and the starry nights and the tides of the ocean.  Aren’t we all a bit like that?  I think so …..