Saturday, April 22, 2017

Worshipping at the wrong altar, Part 2

Is this art?

Team Duff 'gets' Lou Reed, and hence, this song in a way few mortals do, or would care to. Melancholy be and not to be, is the question.

Is this art?

If not exactly cutting edge, I still thank them for inviting us to conceive of our daily grind life as art; let me live in that world, please. We humans are damn lucky we have leisure to consider/make our selves as/into art, ain't it so?

Curious that these two videos' strategies for dealing with identity seem polar opposites, yet equally disaffected; I think Lou Reed wins in the end. Wins what?

Is this art?

Here is yet another way of dealing with identity; denigration of someone else's. Precisely, Hafez Al-Assad's, Bashar's father and the former despot of Syria.
Not conventionally pretty but this would go over well in a Chelsea gallery, context or no.

A very learned artist friend once told me, 'If you want to learn about art, don't go to the museums or the galleries: go to the street'.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dying Comedian

This fellow is being helped over the threshold by two comedians from eras past (note the Meiji-era Japanese costume of the one, and the Commedia dell'arte costume of the other) who long ago translated into pure Clear Light. They remain in the Bardo to serve others, guiding them toward comic consciousness.

I think comedians on our Earth plane are true guides to liberation (as long as they're not angry comedians) because they can reveal the truth of ourselves, to ourselves; see Heyoka.

This painting started life as a letter to a friend; then a gesture drawing (with no model) suggested the right arm, reaching; then they showed up. Still a work in progress, a little fiddling to do, which I hate. But I'm feeling better about that suit, as it better suits a man undergoing Bardo transit spaces; none too shabby.

Dying Comedian    16" x 20"    acrylic and oil on canvas    October 2016

Friday, March 17, 2017


All my latest paintings gathered in one place; in chronological order, with the latest posting at the the top.

Dying Comedian    16" x 20"    acrylic and oil on canvas    10.2016

Untitled    30" x 24"  oil on canvas  2017

Earth Healing 2    30" x 24"  oil on canvas  2017

Lake    20" x 16"  oil on canvas  2017

Earth Healing 1    30" x 24" oil on canvas 2016

Big    30" x 24"  oil on canvas  2016

Prostitute    20" x 16" oil on canvas  2016

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Tilt your screen. On this night of the Snow moon, the Eclipsed moon, the Full moon, the comet, I want to offer you this. I'll never do something this personal again, at least, not exactly in this way. This was originally going to be part of the Earth Healing series, but I decided to stop right here.

Untitled    30" x 24"    oil on canvas    2.5.2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Earth Healing 2

A continuation of the Earth Healing series. I call this "Midnight Messenger" in my heart; it's a silent message. I will exhibit this soon in a free-for-all exhibition by NoBo Art District. If I look too closely I will work on this forever so I am ignoring it. Nos. 3 and 4 are in progress, and No. 2 is getting a makeover, more on that soon.

I decided not long ago that any future art had to have a real purpose, for the betterment of humankind (and I guess all the rest of life putting up with us) and now I feel stifled, constricted. Do you have any idea what it's like staring at these disks, waiting for something to come? I hope there are other ways to paint 100% positive-energetic paintings. I want to paint naked ladies, or at least food. But I'm committed to my path...

Earth Healing 2    oil on canvas    30" x 24"    2.1.2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Unfortunately, you can't see all the flaws in this picture. I made a big point of leaving them in there, so nobody would get the idea that this was a picture of a "lake", no matter how picturesque. It is a picture of myself; as I would like to be, if I could maintain this measure of reserve (no pun intended) all the time; in order to be able to gaze into my inner world without reference to um, reference points, things, situations, people, problems, the ongoing disorganization of my life -to gaze simply at the self, as self, without reference points. That is the aim.

Yes, there were flaws, but I completely bunged them up processing with GIMP (this is my 3rd try, on even more photos) so you'll have to be content with that flaw. Did I mention this picture is for sale?

Lake    oil on canvas    20" x 16"     11/2016

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Earth Healing 1

This is Earth Healing 1, the first in a series; 2 is almost done. It started when I was reading the news (really awful) and after, thinking "What is an artist supposed to do?" What can we really do to affect things for the better? We tend to just 'paint what's wrong' without ever offering a solution; that's what modern painting is, at least to this viewer.

I remembered a meditation by E.J. Gold, titled 'warming the world', and made my own variation on it. I envision the globe in my hands, with all its turmoil and pain, and ask myself what it needs. I send the required calming and peaceful, both warming and cooling vibrations to it, feeling a change, a re-tning to its proper tone, vibration if you will. Then I try to render this in paint.

I think I'm gonna have to try to do something like this forever in the future. I can't just go on doing something 'interesting', it's not enough.

Earth Healing 1    oil on canvas    30" x 24"