Friday, January 30, 2015


When is it finished? A question that comes up often these days as I try to turn drawings & studies into full-scale oil paintings. The incomplete nature of an image can show through as visible under-painting, unedited marks, a full compliment of mistakes. To the viewer, this might appear to be a sign of laziness, or (if there's still a positive connection to the piece) an alternate pathway to reconstruct form.

You can stand behind your work, or you can stand just a little to the side of it. I think of all the selections presented here as being both finished & unfinished in some way.   

"Figure & Agave Study"-acrylic on paper, 13" X 9 1/2"

"Laguna Road 2"-acrylic on wood, 8" X 8"

"In Thought"- mixed media on paper, 10" X 7"

"Laguna Road"-acrylic on paper, 13" X 9 1/2"

"Leaning Figure"-acrylic on paper,  13" X 9 1/2"

"Figure With A Headband"-mixed media on paper, 12" X 9"