Monday, June 5, 2017

A Series of Arbitrary Moments - Part I: Howrah at Night

Last year I traveled to Kolkata for a solo exhibition of my paintings. The home where I was staying was in a suburb about an hour long drive from the gallery, so I found myself commuting through Kolkata's sister city, Howrah, every evening.

The city shops came alive with a bustle of activity at night. 

I took many photos on these drives whenever my car would slow or stop in traffic. 

Crossing the Howrah Bridge over the Ganges River to the west bank nightly, I quickly became fascinated with the night life in Howrah.

The Bhimsain Hotel, Howrah Station Area  became an obsession of mine.

Traces of ornate lattice on the balconies show evidence of what a grand hotel this now crumbling landmark must have been.

One evening in Kolkata I had dinner with a a lovely, talented Norwegian guitarist, Oddrun, who was working on an album to be titled A Series of Arbitrary Moments. These photos are exactly that, so this photo essay is named in honor of that memorable evening with a new friend. 

I hope these images go deeper than the average tourist snapshot, and that you will find them of interest.

More arbitrary moments in West Bengal will be shared in another post.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Flower Paintings: Part II

In a previous post "Flower Paintings: Part I" I explained that I am engaged by the challenge of making colorful paintings of white flowers. White Tree Peonies seen below is one of my favorites.  The sharp edges of the green leaves and open line work allow the abstract underpainting to show through, providing surprising interactions of color.

White Tree Peonies
36" x 32"
oil on canvas

I await the day when the beautiful Magnolia tree on the campus where I teach art announces the arrival of Springtime. Often it blooms on the first day that is warm enough to take my drawing students outside to work. Facing south, it catches the sun's warm rays.

30" x 40"
oil on canvas

Pale Pink Double Peonies
30" x 24"
oil on canvas

The lavender shadows on the white daffodil petals contrast here with the flowers' yellow trumpets.

White Daffodils
24" x 30"
oil on canvas

Yellow daffodils are so cheerful!

24" x 30"
oil on canvas

This is my only completed artwork of roses. I find them to be particularly difficult to paint and have made several failed attempts. The loose shape of these climbers is less angular and structured than most roses I've tried to paint.

English Roses
30" x 24"
oil on canvas

I will share images of vibrant red and bright pink peony paintings in my next post.