Subway Tunnels of The Imagination

Subway. Acrylic on canvas, 2011. 22 x 28 in.

Astor Place Subway Station, NYC

Slow-moving in New Orleans

Ready-made Victims in Search of the Palace of Pleasure
“Ready-made Victims in Search of the Palace of Pleasure” (late stage)

After weeks of minimal painting activity (during which I welcomed the birth of a son and experienced a busy Christmas season), my New Orleans-inspired canvas is nearing completion.  I have entitled it “Ready-made Victims in Search of the Palace of Pleasure”, based on a couple of phrases from Eudora Welty’s short story “The Purple Hat”, which is a ghost story set in New Orleans.  Using highly economical means, she captures a certain essence, a kind of fascinating seediness, associated with the city.  I would like to do the same with this painting.  It’s not about the supernatural, specifically, but I do hope a sense of the mystery of the place is portrayed, through the use of such devices as darkened doorways, imposing buildings, and unnatural juxtapositions of color.

Trees!

Clearing
Clearing. Acrylic on canvas, 2010. 16 x 20 in.

If you have a few minutes and love both art and trees, you would do well to read this post by art blogger Tyler Green:  “The Tree Is Known by His Art”.  As a painter of trees myself, it was fun to see the different ways they have been represented by some well-known artists.