Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010



NASA 17 has begun, in the usual way. I am getting to be quite efficient at producing NASA paintings, especially after completing sixteen so far. This one is entitled ‘NASA as a Focus of Terror’. I would have to say that the titles sometimes seem to have very little to do with the art works themselves. But the titles have come first, then a quick sketch, and finally the work on canvas, which really shows a process. The titles really act as a springboard, to come up with images and a loose narrative – did I say narrative – I hope that’s not a dirty word – it’s so hard to know where I fit into the art world at any one time – I would hate to be unfashionable, it’s hard enough being close to fifty (the disappearing age).

NASA 17 Sketch

Above is the beginning sketch for NASA 17. Sometimes I make a few notes, as ideas begin to form, just so I don’t forget anything important. One note here is about having seven leaves on each tree – seven being symbolic – there is also a flaming tree in this work. Also, this is the first time the boat has had a motor – maybe a comment on technology in the wrong hands. One astronaut is holding a hose, but no water is flowing – maybe a comment on impotence of a sort.


Otherwise, for the last few days I have been painting the stairwell that leads to my studio. I haven’t finished the step treads yet, but am thinking about using a charcoal hammer tone finish, which will give the stairs a metal look. I had a friend who used to paint his wooden sculptures with hammer tone paint. The effect was interesting, because, when you held one of his little nudes in your hands, it felt like you were holding a lump of aluminum.

Monday, July 5, 2010


NASA 16 - The NASA Crisis

Well, another NASA painting is finished, and slowly my mind is being drawn to write, like Leviathan being turned by hooks in the mouth. Like so many of my paintings there are groups in either two's or three's of objects, characters or shapes. NASA 16 has quite a few collection of two's -  two hooked sticks, two trees, two flowers, two clouds, and there are other examples throughout the work.

As for references in this work - the hooked sticks are from Blake, as is the smoke. The alien like figure coming from the smoke has a jutting body similar to characters in Spencer's, 'Christ carrying the Cross' painting from 1920. Also, the smoke relates in some way to the smoke monster from the 'Lost' T.V. series - the series I found to be interesting and jammed packed full of all sorts of references. The blue water that stripes across the painting is full of sixes - a reference from Revelation concerning the number of the beast. The lack of water, like the trickle of money in a financial crisis, is no way for a couple of aspiring, fisherman astronauts to make a living - the boat looks broke anyway.

I am trying to get my head around writing an article for my NASA series or getting someone to interview me on video. The idea would be to submit an article to an art magazine, as a bit of a primer for a show - better improve my writing skills.

Next NASA painting is NASA 17 - NASA as a Focus of Terror - I wonder what that is about?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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