30 June 2009

The Studio Plunder...A History, Part Eleven...Fini

I will apologize in advance, this is going to be a long one. But its also the last of the studio plunder. In no particular order.

It was toward the end of 2003 that we found that we were about to become parents. I will never forget how fast that stick turned blue. All three times.

A few days later, after I regained feeling in my limbs and started to think about it, I became fascinated with all things tiny. Having always been big, small was something new to me. All of my work for the next year became small. Tiny. Miniature.

My work had become an exploration in mini. The largest of the works was about 4 x 6 inches, which felt too large for them at the time. Most of them were about 1 x 2 to 2 x 3 inches. I explored all kinds of subjects. A few in color, most in pen and ink.

I still produce a mini now and then, just cuz. You can make minis any where. On the backs of business cards is one of my favorite places.

This was my sisters pet pig, Bacon Bits

A Giant Lamp Post

A crowd of people on the Champs Elysee.

A doodle page, 4 x 6 inches


A bridge ornament in Paris.

The space Needle, Seattle.

This is supposed to be water lilies at Giverny, France.

A park in London. We watched this guy feed squirrels for hours.


Notre Dame

The Parthenon, Rome.

A church in Paris.

Piazza del Popolo, Rome

Where the Turf meets the Surf, at old Del Mar.

Bacon Bits



One of my old apartments in Ocean Beach.

A lawn chair

The Hotel Del Coronado

The Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Sacre Coeur, Paris

Moulin de Galette

Moulin Rouge

Space and time

Notre Dame

Eiffel Tower

Cafe de Paris


Girls in bikinis and heels

Three day old Mr. Man

One of my Sorrow series.

Precious and I in Amsterdam. You can't see it but we were standing in giant wooden shoes and holding bags of cheese.

And thus concludes the Studio plunder series of 2009. We'll see how things go after we move and I find a new studio space.

22 June 2009

The Studio Plunder...A History, Part Ten

It was in 2001 that I painted my very first work in oil. It may be a little graphic for some so it is at the bottom of this post. You get a bit of warning before you scroll down.

I had started to spend much more time practicing my craft and things started to improve. At least I thought so. I was still working in pastels, soft and oil and now in oil paints. The subject matter was all over the place although I still preferred to use women as a main subject, I became fascinated with my pets and architecture.

The following works range from 2001 to 2003-ish. I have realized that I should date my works if I want to remember when they were made. My memory isn't so hot.

Us in Venice. pencil - unfinished

Venice. charcoal and blue chalk - unfinished

Notre Dame, Paris. charcoal - undecided

Precious and Ivy Dog in blue chalk

Precious in red. oil pastel

La Tour Eiffel la nuit. Chalk pastel

Colosseum, Rome. oil pastel

Notre Dame, Paris. oil pastel

My dog Blue. oil pastel

Cindy. soft pastel and graphite

Rhonda. oil pastel

Rhonda. graphite

This was my first painting in oil. It was my version of a painting that hangs in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.