641: in progress

This has been drying all afternoon, standing on its side in front of my TV. With latex paint it’s very important to let thick layers cure before doing anything on top of them, and anything with texture like this is just going to have thick paint, period, as it settles into the nooks and crannies. I started by making a texture with modeling paste and a variety of tools (this is just a detail of the whole thing): Then, painted it red–right down to the aforementioned nooks and crannies. I knew I’d miss spots on the next coat so had[…]

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4970006670: Complete

Finally finished cutting out the numbers and affixed them last night. There are two more in this series coming. Actually last night I also started a small study for a large piece I’m about to do in a different series–feeling very creative these days. Also, sidenote: the numbers on the sides are cropped in the painting, not just in the photo. I’m starting to change my painting composition a bit. And a couple of detail shots, just for fun: Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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Two pieces I love at the SF MOMA

Spent the afternoon there yesterday; what a great thing to do with a day. My two favorite new-to-me paintings: First, an Olivetti poster by Givanni Pintori. I am SO going to do something like this with numbers in the colors I see. In fact, my mind is churning on that right now. One of the fun things here is that although there are different numbers with the same color (which doesn’t map to my experience), the ranges happen to coincide with my number/color sets; for example, you’ll see a bunch of 2-4s in green, and 3 is green for me.[…]

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4970006670: painting the numbers

I finally came up with a new technique for representing the numbers. For awhile I’ve wanted to put numbers on top of the textures I’m painting; but the numbers really need to be flat, and therefore rigid; in addition, it needs to be doable in a timeframe that will not send me to crazytown. Anyway, after considering a plethora of foams and plastics and combinations thereof, it finally occurred to me: balsa wood.

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4970006670: in progress

I haven’t done much painting lately, but a trip to the Seattle Museum of Art and a look at a Jackson Pollock inspired me. Somewhere along the way I realized that I wanted to do a really gestural painting with a lot of thin white lines. The number 4970006670 came to mind in the middle of the night. At this point, I’m done with the paint except for the numbers. Those, along with better photos, will come soon…

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My paintings are for sale on ArtQuiver.com

Yes that’s right: my paintings are now live and for sale on ArtQuiver. I’m so proud of this! They have a great UI, and policies that really make it possible to feel confident buying art online, including a feature where they’ll mail you a free black and white life-size proof of art you’re considering, and a lifetime return policy. Take a look, and click around to look at the other artists too! Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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256: work in progress

At Christmas last year, my gift to my brother Adam was that I’d do a painting of any number he wanted. Since he’s a nerdy (read: fascinating and cool) guy, I thought that might appeal. After several months he settled on a pretty nerdy number indeed: 256. After several more months, I’m finally working on the piece: I’m not sure if this is done yet. I have to live with it for a bit to figure that out. Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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7440: first phase

Making a list of stuff I can do to feel better the other day, I realized that it makes me feel very good to think about the number 7440. I find it very soothing. It’s so smooth…and the color is beautiful, blue, both bright and subdued at the same time. With inner motion but outer stillness. So I’m painting it. I think this will be the first of potentially several paintings of this number. This is just phase 1. I intend to fill the numbers in with white and do a heavy layer of gloss gel over it. Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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