finally a fresh collections of quotes for my blog…and more…

August 15th, 2011

so…you say it’s been awhile since i’ve blogged??  or, more than likely chances are you haven’t been to my blog/site in sometime…well, i’ve been busy, and always the mind is moving, turning and creating.  i haven’t taken a purposeful hiatus…life has just been keeping me busy with family and the art teaching day job, has been a trying year to say the least…i am proud to say, though with the summer just about behind us we (family) are stronger from the journeys of the year and going strong…and, with a new art teaching year ahead, am slowly getting geared up to go on that too…

now about my fascination with artists quotes and words in general:  i’ve been fascinated with artist sayings, quotes for as long as i know. as i read stories, passages from books, magazines, etc. when some phrase strikes me, i’m writing them in my sketchbook and save for later as part of my titling process for new paintings (just another random of my word collections)…i collect them from various arenas, type/copy/paste into my notes app on my iphone and save for later…well, later has finally come and i am happy to share with you all. what’s interesting this time around, is that they are not just from artists (most are), and not just about art, but most do apply to the arts, creating in particular.  they will be listed here and on the right of my blog page (newest from top down)…here, i’ll add some thoughts after/about the ones that particularly stand out most…hope you enjoy.

Artists never thrive in colonies. Ants do. What budding artists need is the privilege of wrestling with his problems in solitude…and now and then a piece of red meat.” ~Henry Miller the great furniture designer, a man after my own heart (a lover of red meat) and plenty of wrestling going on in the studio these days…

“Do not let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”John Wooden this is so true and very real in the art world (and i can get caught up in both at times).

Artist Robert Motherwell once said this about abstract art: “One might truthfully say that abstract art is stripped bare of other things in order to intensify it, its rhythms, spatial intervals, and color structure. Abstraction is a process of emphasis . . . ” enough said.

“It’s not where you take things from. It’s where you take them to.” – Jean-Luc Godard a good quote to keep in the mind.

“When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time.” Cy Twombly i don’t know if this is true with a lot of artists, but this is definitely true with me…but just getting to that point can be an eternity sometimes…but when i do, it’s at a pretty feverish pace.

“An artist’s working life is marked by intensive application and intense discipline.” John F. Kennedy who would of thought that the great JFK would have an appreciation of artists (i wish i knew where this one was from).

“Every good painter paints what he is.”-jackson pollock still my favorite artist…true to himself to a fault.

“It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”-Albert Camus love the complex simplicity here.

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” -Vincent Van Gogh if not, what are they then?  are they art??

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  -Thomas Merton so very true.


“… what is more important is a feeling of strength in reserve – tension beneath calm.” -Richard Diebenkorn this is something i think i’ve always been trying to achieve…more for the viewer to dig into and see the tension in my work.

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”  ~Pablo Picasso something as artists all of us should do…


a sale, is a sale, is a sale…

August 19th, 2010

a sale, is a sale, is a sale…

last two years have been especially slow for me in regards to sales of my art…times are tough (not going to throw that “r” word out there), so as things really slowed down I started to shift my focus…sometimes I get too tunnel vision for my own good: “things aren’t selling, so let’s look at my 5-7 year goals (and not purposely, but all the same not think about the “now”). what I mean by this is start to try and establish relationships with galleries that will help with building my art career and ignore/ sacrifice revenue/sales in the now! I know what you must be thinking now–“that’s utterly crazy!”. maybe even “he’s insane!”. and both those may be correct!! well, as summer wound down I found my focus on both the here and now and the 5-7 year plan converging in my brain, co-existing, but more importantly working together as a partnership…the now, exploring all opportunities that will potentially lead to sales & exposure now, that can lend to some stability/support financially now and could lead to future opportunities…you never know where your next opportunity will come from! I could list quite a few examples here…

thanks for reading,


driving traffic to my website

April 19th, 2010

thinking of ways to drive traffic to my website and came across this link at driving traffic to art website

this article talks about tips to drive traffic to your art website to help with business…I really like the advice here! i’ll let you all know the results.

introducing new color palette in my new series of work

March 6th, 2010

the start of a new series can always been an exciting time, but can always be a little nerve racky too. lots of decisions to make: where do I want to push the paintings, more texture, more open depths of fields, subtle hints of white or more in the foreground, etc…lots of things to consider and map out. I am trying to slow things down more with my art these days-take each part of the process and break it down, see if I can make my seemingly simplistic texture more complex in nature and take the work (to quote mad tv) to a “whole nother level.”. one way I’m trying to stretch and push myself is going far outside my comfort level with my color palette to boldly go where I have never gone before. I’m working with primarily mauve, magenta and purple tones…but it would be my paintings if I didn’t infuse my deep reds, oranges and white into the mix. I’m starting to get he feel a bit for the new colors, a few are attached. hopefully the colors are showing through.

just a little frida kahlo from my art teaching job…

January 16th, 2010

i recently taught my 3rd grade students about frida kahlo.  it was inspired by seeing her exhibit two summers ago…it is featured on my school’s website now. below is a little blurb about it.  you can read the rest and see a picture by clicking the link here:

The 3rd graders are creating a self-portrait using influences from what they learned about Frida Kahlo.  One important aspect about Frida’s self-portraits are she painted objects and animals such as monkeys, cats and nature in her backgrounds…

so…it’s been awhile…

December 21st, 2009

okay, so been way too long since my last entry!! crazy fall/winter, where all is busy, way too busy! been teaching art up a storm and seeing some great inspired work coming from them;) also, been tackling my new task/duty of the school yearbook…am enjoying the process, albeit a bit challenging the first time through, bu ultimately will be a great addition to the j.o.b. have been working on the two commission pieces, which can sometimes take longer than expected for various reasons, especially during the winter ( the oils won’t dry just fast enough, even with medium!). the pieces are coming along well, am planning a blog entry that shows the development from beginning to end, but wan to finish first. the clients are coming by this week and am excited to show them the progress of their piece…

now that’s a lot going on, but that doesn’t include the family-holiday time! it’s great seeing our daughter really starting to get the concept of xmas and excited a out santa claus. are tree is tall and cheery presents slowly appearing under the tree and holiday festive cheer starting to fill the air and the smells and tastes of my lovely wife’s cookies.

more blog entries coming by the end of ’09 and beyond…


October 30th, 2009

first off…a big thank you to all that came and supported me during the open studios weekend. had some great reactions and discussions about the new work. i am planning some “mini” open studios at my own space in the upcoming months. first one is planned for mid-december as a holiday studio show. check back soon!

just a quick blog to update all with what’s coming around the corner…

in the next few weeks i’ll be working on two commission pieces for a new client. one is 38 x 56 x 2.5 inches and the other is 24 x 12 x 2 inches. the larger one is going to be in my orange hues, with some structural feel with the white and dark brown/orange colors i use (similar to “compassionate industrialist”, which is on the site). the other one will focus in on my blue hues with the contrast of textural white. i plan on showing the evolution and process of the “commission piece” here as i go.

also, i’ll be preparing for a meeting with city art gallery in the mission on november 10. this is an opportunity for me to show them some of my paintings and discuss joining their coop gallery. it’s a great opportunity and looking forward to it! will keep you posted.

kandinsky at the guggenheim

October 18th, 2009

kandinsky retro just opened at the guggenheim.
nyc trip may need to happen before jan. 13. kandinsky is one of my top 5 favorite artists.

david hockney and the iphone

October 18th, 2009

david hockney has an affinity for the iphone app, brushes…one of my parents from work passed this article along from nytimes.

pretty cool what he has done here. i’ve downloaded it, but no time to master yet. let me know what you think.

sunday open studios

October 11th, 2009

here are a few pictures, one is of me doing last minute touch ups friday night. one is of my little lady taking in the art;)