I Love to paint and the season for it is here again. I have many adventures slated for this year. Painting in Kansas City, The Plaza, West-port areas, Lawrence Downtown, Flint-hills areas which are all great local areas with great local appeal. Yet, I want to go further, expand the painting experience and bring my style to more people and markets. Business or pleasure you ask? The two are synonymous at this point. A trip to the Southwest to expand my reach and interest sounds fun and challenging at the same time. Without challenge life can be mundane and art should never be created without inspiration. The southwest is amazing and I believe is going to lend itself to my painting style and technique. The challenge is proving it. I look forward to showing more great work from all these areas and perhaps a few unexpected ones too. Please be aware some pictures appear blurry until you click on them.
The last leg of our trip. We headed up through Santa Fe and took a big chance on Canyon Rd. No its not what you think, Canyon Rd is not a winding dangerous road on the side of a mountain. It is the high end art district in Santa Fe. I knew I was entering a world that I am not visible to and I was going to break an unwritten rule. Walking into a gallery with a painting under my arm and try to get seen... Possibly have a conversation? Most of the galleries I went to did not have the time for a shameless self promoter, but there was one who did see me and let me know that this was not the way to do things. However knowing this going in I also knew that my work has to be seen in person or else I get lost in the digital processes and marginalized to the bell curve of the average. If there is any hope to get the attention of these fine gallery spaces it had to be in person. My sidekick and I went in made introductions and the crated painting under my arm was being seen. I am thankful for the opportunity and we had a great day riding the high that only taking a Gamble can produce. We then went to Taos got a hotel and looked around. Since there has been so much rain I found a spot under a covered picnic table and painted through the rain at the Taos river Gorge Bridge, looking toward the enchanted circle of mountains. A little out of character for me but fun.
Well what can I say the city-scapes have taken a distant back seat. I am enamored with Ghost Ranch NM, so Gabriel and I returned yesterday. The drive from Santa Fe goes from beautiful to breath taking to what in the hell do I live in Kansas for. Well I am inspired anyhow. Gabriel is inspired to paint usually when I am so once I get set up he usually wants to paint too. Which is good timing because my paintings take longer and if I set up first the we can paint together for some time. Which is a real cool father pumping heart beat of love kinda memory in the making. I like ghost ranch yet I get the feeling that I am a bit eccentric or maybe a loose canon here. I will have to retool a bit if I am to actually paint some of the views that O'Keeffe did. The land and the views are only accessible buy tour bus. Damn gimmick. I know I know they are conserving the land yada yada. So I will either have to return and get all my stuff to work in a hiking fashion or forget about it. These paintings were done viewing chimney rock. https://www.gofundme.com/gregariousNM http://gregariousarts.weebly.com/
Hey art lovers! Gabriel and I are at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Its the Place that Georgia O'Keeffe made famous. We headed up from Albuquerque yesterday. We slept in the car which accommodates us pretty well with the seats folded down and bedding put in the cargo space. I thought we would stay one day with fun painting and split in the evening. Whatever! Its about the most beautiful place that I have ever been. No wonder O'Keeffe was so taken by the landscape light and energy that this place carries. It was cold this morning after a late evening rain but the sky opened up to reveal the Galactic plain. Oh yes I remember we are residents of the this universe... I had forgotten with all the rushing, noise and light pollution in the city. I am so happy this trip hasn't gone to plan or has been easy. The car troubles, money limitations and trying to paint with concentration with a seven year old with me. But as of today I am so happy I am here, not just in NM but embodied and a conscious member of this universe and of the human race. Stress is such an illusion when I step back... way back and look at the big picture. Love it all, burning the candle at both ends, accepting all of us, giving until there is no more. Really there is always more. Under stress I am deceived that there is such a shortage of all things but I can see now If those who have give to those who need. The giver is founder of wonderful creations and adventures and those who receive prove that there is a way for all things to be harmoniously. Thank you all!!! Really!!!
The Kitchen Mesa, The Ghost Ranch, 2017 9" x 48" Click to see full image
Well The New Mexico GoFundMe trip has gotten of to a pretty rocky start but we are making it work. I worked on the car for 5 days total. Timing belt and water pump at my brothers house in Cameron MO. I didn't quite have the timing set right and drove all of the way to new Mexico with an ill powered car and burned more fuel than than I wanted to but we made it safely. I went to work in Albuquerque in a garage with very little tools and adjusted my timing belt again. Luckily it all worked out fine with a little trial and error. The last two days however have been quite wonderful. Gabriel and I painted on the crest of Sandia Mountain. At 10200ft we were affected by the altitude but still managed to have a splendid time looking to the east over the mountain ranges and valley. It was such a pleasure painting with Gabe. He like all children are such naturals. He with his isle I made before we left Kansas was at a nice height for painting and breaking down since we were forced to stop with the NM monsoon made it impossible to paint. Last night I was able to get away for an evening of sunset painting while Gabriel and Grandpa got to bond. Painting was inspired and came out with two very nice pieces the first is below.
Pics of my trailer that I made for travel painting. Why in the heck does it open from the side? Because when I parallel park I can stand on the sidewalk and get all my stuff out. It has Casket locks so there no padlocks or external security latches. The tailgate won't open unless the top is opened first. Just a safety idea so nothing inside can knock the tailgate open while in route. Its pretty cool and light. Check out my gofundme link on my website if you want to know more about the art trip my son and I are taking soon. Thanks https://www.gofundme.com/gregariousNM
I spent the last several days painting at the Darling overlook. A place that has resonated with me as an artist for at least 13 years. These paintings represent a small fraction of the total number of pieces painted or created here. I feel a draw to or comfort of the light, direction and earth elements that combine to be epic at anytime of day or weather conditions. In this update pic the burning sunset thrills me. Painting sunsets plein air is preparation meets painting speed and gestural confidence. Exciting! 6/11/2017
Darling Sunset Oil on canvas 6" x 27" Sold $600.00
5/21/2017 This was my first attempt, in my method, at a sunset. This is at the Darling Farm in Desoto KS. This piece of land is like a precursor to the Flint Hills of KS and I am at the top. I hope to see more sunset paintings to come. The pics above were an hour or so before sunset and after I finished. The painting is somewhere in between. My 6 year old helper and son took the picture of me silhouetted.
Great Day of painting the Union Station skyline. Union Station Skyline Oil on Canvas 7" x 36' Available Sold $800
Getting perspective downtown Lawrence seated in front of 725 mass. This diptych is missing about 4 buildings in the middle perhaps that will be today...Triptych?
I recently modified the painting cart. A nice adjustment, lighter weight, looks cooler. (East Lawrence Cool) The Art cart enables me to connect to my bike and find my way into small spaces, views and vistas to have everything I need to paint on site without having to carry anything from the car. I can pack it up in my trailer and drive it anywhere and have the same local experience in any city I visit.
My son in front of the mobile painting trailer with bicycle cart.
New Panoramic canvases ready to go paint. This makes 36 pre-made stretchers with packing crates. Check back and see what is to come. I arrive on site with a crated unpainted canvas and after painting return it to the crate for protection
The Third Planet, Oil on Canvas, Commission. 18" x 32"
8th and Mass, Sunflower Bike Shop Oil on canvas 6" x 27" Sold