Monday, March 23, 2020


60 X 72
Oil on canvas
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


  1. The lettering and neon are simply outstanding. I'm sorry to know the painting is leaving the valley - then again - what a beautiful piece that will be appreciated in another distant place. You did a damn good PAINTERLY job! Congratulations and thanks for sharing along the way. Let us know when it gets rolled!

  2. Woweeee!! Even better than I imagined!! We are over the moon with the results and can’t wait to see it in person.

    1. Thanks a bunch for the comment! I appreciate you taking a look. MB