Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A new small abstract

I had a small piece sitting around that I'd started using oil pastels on matboard. I also had a box of new acrylic paints including colors I'd never used before. I started playing around with the piece and the paints while waiting for something else to dry. I mindlessly doodled around the center blue/green oval. Viola, mindless worked.

Q. Oil pastels and acrylics on matboard. Maybe 7 x 12

Sunday, May 03, 2009

A wonderful exhibit in NYC

Mosqueteros: Later Work of Pablo Picasso at the Gogosian in Chelsea
March 26 - June 6, 2009
522 West 21st Street

This free show of more than a hundred of Picasso's later works (1962-72) is a revelation. After walking through the pieces -- small prints to very large canvases -- one can only marvel at the brilliance of his last years. The work comes in reserved earth tones and bright splashy colors but is always filled with whimsy. A character -- perhaps Picasso -- appears throughout with his little mustache and a glint in his eye. It is raunchy, it is fun, it is lecherous and it knocks you over. That's not to say there aren't some failures; he produced too much for everything to be top notch but the hits are home runs.

Walking through I kept grinning and laughing. I imagined this randy, mischievous old man, brush in hand having the time of his life as he threw paint on canvas after canvas saying "I'll show those bastards!" It is truly a must see.

Buste, 1970
Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 32 inches (100 x 81 cm)

© 2009 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS ), New York

One of those pieces...

...that comes together very quickly. I had thought about what I wanted to do and did a preliminary sketch. Still I did this in one evening. How many paintings do I have that I've spent hours and hours on without success? Too many, so it is nice to have something some together quickly. This is a continuation of my recent work on portraits.

Untitled as yet. Acrylics and ink on canvas. Perhaps 24 x 18.