Road Trip

Today I tried to combine story telling with iconography, as the Bauhaus Master, Paul Klee did. However, as I understand the art of Klee, he had very few preconceptions of the final outcome of his painting. He would take his pencil point ‘for a walk’ and let his creativity guide him. His astute design sense […]

Shading and Evading

Over a period of about 10 years or so, I must have taken 300 rolls of film of my brother Mike. I combined these photos with old family snapshots, my journal entries and information garnered from my parents, to create a photographic memoir. It is a safe bet to say Mike didn’t know that I […]

Editing

Some times a single image is not enough. During the past few days I have been focused on distilling an image into its visual essence. My goal was to convey the significance of the image with just the right amount of detail, no more, no less. Today’s experiment is a bit different. I unearthed a roll of […]

Lines of Communication

For the past several posts I have been revisiting my enjoyment of Joan Miró. I do this with an ulterior motive: to explore his means of creation and apply them to my own ideas. Lately I am particularly intrigued by The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers, one of his ‘Constellation’ series. I […]

Is Narration a Component Abstract Painting?

I’ve always thought that to ‘abstract’ something, one condenses it into its essence. Caricaturists do this all the time when they present recognizable portraits of their subjects with prominent  features exaggerated. Most artists try to tell the truth as they see it. Visual artists do so by using color and form that represent the essence of scenes or […]

View – Update

Yesterday, I presented the ‘mountain view’ from the hotel room in which we are staying. I’m sure the staff member who told us about the spectacular view was sincere. Being the curious type, I took the glass-encased elevator to the top, to see what was beyond the garage wall that was our view from the 6th […]

Youth and Age

I was always fascinated by the work of the master photographers who worked in the 1930s forward,  but I was very a very shy person. I came upon the scene below in February of 1991. I couldn’t resist. I used a tripod and a camera with a very short lens, so the lady in the picture did not […]

Self Portrait – Revisited

I do believe that a self portrait, in addition to being a representation of one’s likeness, contains a visual narrative about one’s relationship with one’s self. It is a time capsule that says captures the person’s identity. As with family snapshots, it is worthwhile now and then to revisit one’s self portraits. Below is a favorite of mine. […]

Three Views

What is a portrait? A short definition given me by my computer: A painting, drawing, engraving or photograph of a person; a representation or impression of someone in language or film.  Fair enough, as far as it goes. A photograph is not only a representation of the person photographed, but a representation of  the relationship […]