I began painting in the 21st Century, which is a little late. I have always loved the arts, but never found a “hook” to the traditional visual arts of painting and drawing until I discovered all the new pigments that were invented and discovered n the last 3 decades of the 20th…. thanks to the many chemists and engineers –mostly in the auto industry — it is no longer necessary to encase particles of pigment in plastic or oil to give them permanence.
Which means watercolor is finally a stable medium that can and will remain vibrant and true to an artist’s original vision and intention. –if the artist chooses paint and pigments based on their scientific pedigree rather than an emotional attachment to an old color name or a cheaply made paint set.
I do not paint with acrylic or oil mediums, but just about every other tool is on the paper. I grind paint myself, as well as using a few select commercially produced paints — especially those that would require more equipment and specialized grinders than I have available to me. As I get older, I am making fewer paints than I did 15 years ago — but I still grind those for which there is no quality substitute.
2017 is the year I fell in love with the art of Tyrus Wong — the man who famously created the core painting for Disney’s Bambi so long ago. His liquid forests and Eastern sensibilities have changed the way I paint forever. And it shows in the first few paintings listed below. You can draw a hard line between work done before and after I studied Wong’s work.
The paintings photographed represent work done and/or framed, shown, or sold for the first time in 2017. In no particular order.
This first is taken from photos of the nearly extinct Marble Island Butterfly, which was thought to be completely gone until a few specimens were photographed in the Puget Sound area last year.
Minimalist experiment with 3 pigments (indanthrone, carbon dust, and prussian blue) and PILLOWS:
Early experiment with dimensional watercolor surface:
Experiment in texture and transparency/opacity :
Light and lack of light, worked in predominantly natural (as opposed to laboratory created) pigments.
A few fragments and studies from a destroyed painting of the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly:
And studio shots and fragments of a few others….
Watercolor sketch with potential:
Other assorted experiments and longterm projects:
And one last look at texture and opacity….