Monday, March 23, 2020

RABBIT EARS MOTEL

60 X 72
Oil on canvas
SOLD
I was going to have a viewing party - we all know how that’s worked out.
I tell you I didn’t think it was possible not only to finish but to be ecstatic with the results.
It’s hard to see all the details but it’s painterly where it needs to be.
The Motel lettering was the hardest. I think the bottom third
changed colors approximately 6 times. I was getting so discouraged,
I had to let the painting sit for days before I could proceed without failure.
I had to get out of my head - long walks really helped the process.
I should’ve documented all the changes because it was interesting what ideas got dropped 
along the way. It just didn’t happen. 
I guess you’ll just have to trust me that this final version is the best.
This painting will eventually get taken off the stretchers 
rolled up(which is kind of a nightmare scenario for me) and shipped to Florida. 
Of course it has to dry - then get a thin layer of varnish - dry some more then carefully roll!!!
 Which, the thought of rolling is probably going to keep me awake most nights. 
I’ve read extensive gallery articles on how to achieve the perfect roll.
It would probably be a good idea to find an old painting and give it a try.
Thanks for waiting - MB




Saturday, March 21, 2020

NOTHING LIKE A BIG SURPRISE

I want to introduce you to a friend of mine. He’s a great musician and stellar songwriter, Jim Spillane. Below you can read a story about the song he wrote for his newest CD “Nothing Like a Big Surprise”. You can also click the youtube link and hear the song along with some pretty inspiring visuals.
Thank goodness for good friends - they make this time so much better. They inspire me to be not so sad and a little more hopeful. Thanks for all the emails too I appreciate all the thoughts sent my way.
Enjoy!

This song was written during the time that I was recovering from my cancer treatments; but, I did not want the song to focus specifically on that.  I wanted it to be more about big unexpected, life-changing experiences in general.  About a week ago, it occurred to me that this song applied really well to this whole coronavirus thing and I mentioned that to my musical partner, Brad Thrower.

As Brad spent his professional career as an audio/visual specialist and has made countless videos... mostly for General Motors; the notion of putting the song to a video evolved pretty naturally.  Within a few days he had constructed it and we decided to release it publicly.  That is how it wound up on You Tube.  

It is our hope that people will enjoy it and maybe be motivated enough to share it with others.  Brad and I are simply hoping more people will hear our music this way.  You can access the video with this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlvqYRCyB8.  If you are so inclined, please feel free to click "like" and leave a comment as well.  

Thanks for listening!
Jim

Saturday, March 14, 2020

RABBI - - -


RABBI
Love that post title? 
It’s going - had a rough patch but I hope I’m through with that nonsense.
So much doubt. 
New favorite colors Holbein’s Kings Blue Deep
Gamblin quinacridone red
Can’t explain how much I love them or why but they are now on my palette everyday 

On another note - I’m thinking about all of you everyday 
Drop me a line anytime to let me know you’re OK
Please stay safe and healthy because I need you!
I know that’s selfish but hey it’s the truth. 
Till next time all the best MB






Tuesday, March 3, 2020

BIG BUNNY



                     
                                          Good for scale - having a bad hair day as usual.
For the background I had to use some large house painting brushes.
It took 3 tries to get it right. I also breathed a bit too much Gamsol yesterday.
Over exposure to chemicals is something I try to avoid normally.
Large scale painting has been a challenge in more ways than I can count.
I’m using my Bristlon Silver brushes. My cheap brushes work great for small
details but I needed to break out my better brushes for this painting to work.
A lot of trial and error going on. Can’t believe how many changes I’ve made it’s hard
to see the progression. I haven’t been keeping track because the changes seemed so minute
at the time. I’m happy to be off the ladder! Can’t tell you how many times I forgot I was on the ladder. I don’t know how painters work on ladders - not really something I care to do on a 
regular basis or perhaps ever again. 
         
It’s hard to see the details so here’s a closeup.
Thanks for waiting MB


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

PROGRESS

Here’s acrylic underpainting finished.
It’s super general and quick to get the ideas out and cover the white canvas.
I’ve already changed my mind on some color choices.
So glad I did the acrylic first to work out some thoughts.
Technical note - you can paint in matte acrylic first and then add oil,
But you cannot reverse the process. Acrylic cannot go over oil
doesn’t matter if the oils are matte or not. Just won’t work.
I started painting with oils yesterday and that’s another story!!###&&&$$
Thanks MB

Sunday, February 23, 2020

RABBIT OUT OF A HAT!

Surprise!
Here’s a first look - acrylic underpainting see notes below for 
technical explanation if interested. I covered the entire canvas today
I have to let the dust settle before I show that version.

Acrylic underpainting notes
I had to cover all that white and figure out the main colors at the same time.
I added Golden Fluid Matte Medium to the acrylic colors. 
The medium does not change the intensity of the colors it just helps the 
paint flow and adds a matte finish.
Acrylic can dry shiny and I wanted a matte surface for the oil to 
adhere to properly. I am happy with the results so far and if need be I can 
use Golden matte sealer before application of the oil paints.
You can see all my reference photos on the table as well. 
I think I printed 15 photos to tape to the painting while working on that area. 
The next step is oil! Yikes! 
I’ll start at the top of the rabbit and work my way down. 
The sky will be the last thing painted - in theory.
Working on a ladder is a challenge in itself - I’ve fallen off once so far.
I’m used to stepping back to take a look but not while a couple of feet off the ground. 

Acrylic paints - I like Nova color the best. You can’t buy them in a store
you have to buy them direct from the factory in California. 
They’re pigment load is quite incredible and the colors are so clean.
I’m also using an old set of heavy bodied Golden acrylics.
If you have any questions about process you can always 
email me. I’d like to say I’m really excited about this 
project but it’s a bit overwhelming. Hoping that once I start painting
with oils that all my fears will evaporate.
Thanks for waiting and waiting and waiting MB





Friday, February 21, 2020

CANVAS INSPECTOR

Lulu seal of approval 

You can see some comparisons here. 
My typical size canvas boards on top of the new stretched canvas 
12 x 12 - 8 x 8 - 6 x 6 and 5 x 5
It’s a stretch - no pun intended

Finished canvas hanging on my wall. 
For scale - My wall is 8’ X 8’ - 2 full sheets of plywood.
I accomplished some sketching today but it’s not ready to show.
It’s going to be awhile, there’s more to figure out than anticipated.
It’s pretty intimidating to say the least.
All that white!!!
Later MB




Tuesday, February 18, 2020

HUGE PROJECT

This is the prep for a 60” X 72” commission 
I had to finish all my other paintings before I could make room for this large canvas.
I taped the studio floor to visualize the scale of the canvas.
You can see the frame leaning against the table.
This painting will be stretched, painted and then removed from the stretchers
to be rolled and shipped. 
Here’s the floor covered with fabric to protect the primed canvas from any grit or grime.
Here’s the frame sitting on top of the primed canvas. I had to decide how large the 
salvaged edge was going to be. I thought 4” was plenty but after looking at the frame
on the canvas I decided to add 5” to each side.
Since it’s going to be restretched I wanted to make sure there was enough material 
To accomplish that task.
Tomorrow the huge job of stretching the canvas. 
Here’s a look at my scary studio. Not a horizontal surface available.
So after stretching the canvas there’s going to be a lot of cleanup 
before I can get started.
This is going to be a slow process but I wanted to let 
you all know I’m busy.
Thanks for waiting MB





Wednesday, January 29, 2020

NEED A TITLE

24 X 24 
OIL
I wanted the title 
“STORM MOUNTAIN” 
I’m not sure if that’s an appropriate title because most people are unaware 
of the original name for the ski area.  
If you have any ideas send them my way. 

I want to say thanks to everyone out there!
Georgi meant the world to us there’s no replacement 
Everyone made my week a little lighter with your thoughtful, heartfelt comments. 
Thanks for everything MB




Monday, January 27, 2020

GEORGI PORGI CORGI

April 23, 2003 - January 27, 2020
June 23, 2003
Georgi was my 1st dog. I carried him wherever I went.
I’d bring him in restaurants inside my jacket.
My friend Sandy said he’s never going to learn how to walk unless I put him down
He was so cuddly I couldn’t help myself.
In my studio helping out
Georgi was a happy companion always ready for action.
We were lucky to have him in our lives - what a gift





Monday, January 20, 2020

SKI-BUG

30 X 30
Oil
This is a new one, SKI-BUG. 
The first large scale SNO-BUG is below for your comparison.
I wanted to make this one brighter and a bit different. 
Rabbit Ears Motel in the distance.
It has to dry then off to the gallery. 
Painted all day hoping to have a new image soon.
Thanks MB
24 X 24
Oil

Thursday, January 16, 2020

SPUTNIK

24 X 24
Oil
SOLD
I’ve been painting larger works for the gallery.
After painting small for so long it’s been challenging to make the transition.
A painting can take over a week instead of a day.
Progress is a bit slow.
Hope all is well and thanks a bunch for looking - MB






Sunday, January 5, 2020

SNO-BUG

24 X 24
Oil
SOLD - YEAH!
Happy 2020 - wishing you all the best🥂🍾 woohoo 🥳