Bird of Paradise 24 x 32
This painting is oil on rusted steel with industrial enamel. The delicate, complicated blossoms of the tree in our yard reminded me of my wife. She obsessed about its growth and development just as she did with our relationship.
Mountain Song 18 x 24
This painting is oil, and has 3-d built up areas in brown paper. I was watching a Jewish musical group on TV and their music sounded to me like the feeling of a southwestern desert scene, Guadalupe mountains, wildflowers, purple foothills. This is called an “Oil Construction”, and has part of the mountain, the violin head, the piano and hands and arm of the male musician built up to about 3 inches.
Mechanized Border 12 x 18
Down on Paisano at the border, stopped at the train tracks, I was surrounded by things mechanized, and moving, a train in front and train behind, a Range Rover and a fat chopper. I thought this pastel of the photo I took summed up the border pretty well.
Juarez in the Rear View Mirror 12 x 18
Every day, after school I drive home along the border. Once downtown, I see downtown El Paso before me and Juarez behind. I took a photo that I did in pastel. It seemed a perfect blending of the two into one, which is really how El Paso is.
Life Sonata 12 x 18
This is pastel on olive paper and really captures the movement of the string players, and the solid, unmovable character of the endless desert. It’s called Life Sonata because Pomegranates are filled with seed and symbolize Life, and that is how I see the desert; filled with deep, quiet life.
Basketball mural 3′ 8″ x 7′ 4″
I wondered if I should include this in the post, because it is the large-scale project I had my Middle School Art students do. But, it took up a significant part of my life this year, and I got the kids to do it, so here it is. It was designed by a student, and made by the students out of 10,000 cut and painted pieces of foamcore. I super-glazed it to make it look and feel like glass tile.
The Potter 27″ x 27′ x 50″ While at the NAEA conference in Minneapolis, the previous year, I did a drawing of a Japanese potter throwing pots every couple of minutes. I used the drawing to create a life size sculpture of God as a potter in Brown paper.This sculpture took the entire school year to create, and in its finished form it is free standing using nothing but cardboard and brown paper.
After finishing the structure and details, I covered every square inch, except for the pot itself, in sand so that the sculpture would itself look like fired pottery. The pot and hands were smeared with slip.