| 20 January, 2012 01:54
Slowly coming along - great fun to paint. . .
| 17 January, 2012 17:41
I have my new references from the Blues Pathway trip in piles on the floor of the studio, canvases strewn about - waiting to be assigned their images. This is the beginning of my first painting from the trip - the front porch of a shop in Fauberg, just outside the French Quarter. I'm hoping to post this one as it progresses. I don't know yet how much detail I'll be including. I kind of like the idea of leaving it loose and open - like the street music that these young musicians were playing. They were great and the audience was truly enjoying every minute of it. A pretty young crowd here. . .
detail first, a little bit wider view second. A ways to go.
| 14 January, 2012 12:15
Just got back from an amazing trip with two other artists and friends. We started in Memphis, drove south to Crossroads and Clarksdale Mississippi, Lafayette and New Orleans Louisiana, and took the train up to Chicago. These spots were along the path that Blues/Jazz made it's way up through the country (20's, 30's, 40's). Together, after culling, we have over 2000 photos. Now we paint like crazy people to prepare for Spring shows. Some of this work will be at the OSU Faculty Club Exhibit here in Columbus (March 2012). Other pieces will be part of an exhibit at Roger Lapelle Galery (Philladelphia) with Martin Poole and Tom Gardner. Many thanks to Marty (and Roger Lapelle) for including me in the Philly show.
Thought I'd just post one shot to start. "Howl -n- Madd Bill Perry" and gang. We had a chance to hear Alphonso Sanders (on Sax) alone earlier in the night, and then again with Bill Perry at Ground Zero Blues Club (owned by Morgan Freeman) in Clarksdale Mississippi. This show was CRAZY GOOD. If you like the Blues, you will not be dissapointed in Clarksdale. Unbelievable enegy. Bill's son and daughter are in the band - both talented and thoroughly enjoyable performers. I'll be painting these guys, though I'm not exactly sure how yet.
| 11 December, 2011 21:20
This little piece is still very WET and not quite done. It's kind of loose and it's going to stay that way. I guess I enjoy that feel when it comes to music making images. I'm so excited to get back into the images from Memphis and Nashville. I have only started to work with my references. And I might just have the wonderful chance to travel from Chicago to New Orleans on the train they call "The City of New Orleans" next month. More than I could wish for - the opportunity to travel and photograph this historic american music route down the blues circuit, maybe catch a little zydeco and end up in NOLA once again. If it happens, I am determined to keep a decent journal and share some stories.
| 23 September, 2011 15:17
I just returned from a six day trip to Nashville and Memphis, my first for both places. These streets of music- Broadway (Nashville) and Beale Street (Memphis) each have their own feel and sound. I must have thousands of references and hope to start painting from them within the week. I thought I'd share just a couple of photos for fun. I found Shawn Mayer and Mark Dooley in Nashvile, at Whiskey Bent on Broadway. They were great. Mark plays like he means it and Shawn- Shawn can sing. Kind of a Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge kind of sound. . . I don't know, I just really liked it. So many other fine musicians, but this blogging stuff is way out of my league, so I'll leave it at this and get back to work. Thanks to everyone out there making music for us to enjoy.
| 14 May, 2011 17:37
This past October I was interviewed by The Ohio State University's Alumni Association. They were interested in my painting featuring musicians and instrument building. Copy and paste this into a browser to watch:
| 14 May, 2011 17:23
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