June 2019: too early sPring

First of five 12” square canvases in Conversing With The Dead, a collaboration with a deceased artist who left behind -as do we all - rejected pieces. These five were heavily textured and with her widower’s gracious assent I opted not to recycle them but to use as a springboard for a series of meditations on death.

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April 2019: seasonal creeks of ukiah

This is an ink drawing (sepia and black pens, black ink wash) done from a collage of several of my own reference photos. It measures 14” x 11” and the scale and complexity are far beyond any drawing I’ve ever done.

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March 2019: distorted grid

This is a playful exercise in gridding from a reference photo but purposely distorting the grid you draw into. It’s a combination of intense, focused work and delightful results. Graphite on paper.

Reference photo: a publicity still of Olivia deHavilland and Errol Flynn in “Dodge City”

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February 2019: charcoal drawing

I’ve been taking a Drawing class at Mendocino College to carve out time to work on charcoal and graphite technique.

This is a tonal study in charcoal of a piece of cow skull.

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January 2019: Conversing with Jo and Holly

A small version of this 24” square is titled “Chasing the Moon.” However, the reference photograph is courtesy of my friend, Jo Adell, and the canvas came heavily pretextured, being part of a cache of used canvases worked on by the late Holly Cratty yet not part of her chosen body of work.
As the new year opens, my aim is to do a series in which rather than obliterating Holly’s marks and textures I find a way to collaborate with her.

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