Sunday, December 7, 2014


First Friday - Dec. 5th - demo painting at the gallery
It's a long story and it's below if you can or want to get through it.

photo reference for painting of my kitchen sink

Thursday night Dec 4th the gallery I belong to had a meet and greet your painters night. 
Four of us presented our work - ideas - and whatever else came to mind.
Gregory Block was the first to discuss his work and he's pretty famous 
needless to say it was a tough act to follow. 
He explained in detail his painting titled "JACOB'S LADDER"(click to see his painting).
He takes everything into consideration to set up his still life arrangements.
  Meaning of the objects chosen - color palette is a huge consideration - lighting is essential 
He paints from life - in other words he sits or stands for days
in front of the still life and paints what he sees - I could go on but you get the drift.
I was so relieved when another painter was chosen to follow Gregory's presentation
that by the time they got to me I could just be me and a lot of the audience had drifted.
As most of you know I paint the still life that just happens and I paint it from a photo.
I was in my kitchen wednesday night and I saw my sink in a whole new light. 
Snapped a number of shots - chose one - and painted it for the Galleries First Friday Event.
Everyone that had been at the presentation the night before 
asked me if my "The Kitchen Sink" was a response to Gregory's "Jacob's Ladder"? 
Well that got another conversation started.
I have the shelves -  darkness at the top - bright light below. Objects in a row
(if you can tell what they are). So yes it is a kind of response but from a completely 
different place. Then I started to think about Picasso and Braque(I'm not comparing myself
so don't misconstrue my drift here) but Picasso would visit Braque's studio and if
Braque was painting a vase that said vase would end up in a Picasso painting the next day. 
The crux of the matter is that everything comes from something or somewhere.
Call and response in music - learning and art it's everywhere.
I don't know if any of that made sense but it gets you thinking. 
If you really want to get your mind in a bundle go see "Birdman" 
it's not for the faint of heart nor is it some easy movie going 
but it will get you thinking it may even hurt a little! 
Hey if you made it this far you should get a prize. 
Thanks for following.


  1. So my response to your verbiage: Your paintings, sharings, teachings, etc. have prompted me to look at my world with a new set of eyes. I see opportunities for paintings everywhere. I am certain Jim gets sick of me saying, "Look at that light, look at those shadows...." I owe my new set of eyeballs to you. You have shaken up my world for two years now. I thank you. P.S. LOVE the kitchen.

  2. There is not enough space here to tell you how much I love this including the Birdman reference! My brain is still jumping fron the film and now I am blending your post into the mix. So many great eternal themes. Wish we could have a gelato and chat more!