This piece is oil and gold foil on rusted steel. I loved the color and texture of the rusted steel. It seemed to be perfect for the color of the string instruments. My oldest daughter was in a choir at UTEP. The choirs, orchestras and solo singers joined together to perform “Mass in time of War” by Hayden. I was allowed to attend the rehearsal and make drawings. It was inspiring.
Eric Slavin, Guitarist 34 x 48
Eric Slavin is a an amazing guitarist who plays Argentinian music. He is Jewish, and it just happened to work out that I was able to shoot him for this portrait in a beautifully lit room . It was in Lorretto academy where the nuns used to live. All I could think during this was “two Jews in a nunnery”. But the light was great, and the music was inspiring, and I painted this oil piece before, and after classes, in a little less than two weeks. This is the first piece I have painted that was wholly consistent in the light source, presaging what I was about to learn that summer.
Guerra in Love Park 30 x 40
This painting was done to teach my (Middle School) students about the principles of art: “Flow” created by “Placement of the Elements”, and Ascending intensity, where the colors become brighter on top of the composition. And Repetition of the Elements, where each color must be repeated at least 3 times in a triangle. This was my first foray into creating works by doing digital photography, and blending them together into one composition. A “Guerra” is a blonde in Spanish slang. The blonde and her light complected baby represent the white people in the Southwest, surrounded by the activity, games and relationships that swirl around us in the desert, like kids in a park playground, a park called “love”.
Icarus, Evil, Dreams 34 x 48
This piece is made completely of clay and slips of different colors. Some clay is mud, some is plastecine, some is crushed terra cotta. This piece is about how I tried to serve God for 20 years, do the right thing, help people and really get to know God as best I could. I flew too close to the “sun”: God (represented by the Hebrew letter Aleph), got burned, and fell to the earth to end up teaching art in Middle School! Far below, people dance to rejoice at my fall. This is “shottenfroid“: the enjoyment we derive at seeing people fall from their high position. I would like to do more pieces made from clay and slip, it worked much better than I thought it would.