February of 2019 I began to paint the square spirals on canvas. First I’d paint on the unstretched canvas, then I made stretchers and stapled or tacked the canvas to the stretchers. This first attempt is pretty large, almost eight feet tall, an abstraction of my friend Emily Kenny. The canvas was painted black, then […]
This large canvas is another square-spiral painting on canvas. Painted in red, yellow, blue, and white spirals over a black ground, I was interested in the diagonal moire patterns that developed in the white layers. Only the vaguest hint of the life-size image of Emily remains.
In late January of 2019 I produced several works collaged from painted spirals.
January 22 and 23, 2019 I made two paintings, both highly abstracted renditions of Van Eyck’s portrait of Arnolfini. The source image and the two paintings are shown below:
In this painting, the portrait of Sinjun in red paint on an intense blue ground is entirely lost in the very coarse layers of red spirals. The border, the diamonds, the red rectangle – all are so interesting to me as well as the deep vibration between the blue and red lines.
Self portrait painting in yellow, red, blue, white on olive green ground on BFK. Still playing with various overlapping layers of different colors and tile size (spiral diameter).
Another self portrait painting, this one in red and blue spirals on white paper.
This, I think, is one of the most successful of the spiral paintings. A very simple and highly abstracted portrait of Linda. This one is made of only four layers of relatively large overlapping spirals laid out in a grid 10 high by 7 wide. The layers are offset 1/2 a spiral diameter to the […]
An interesting experiment in color and the interplay of layers of different size spirals. From a distance, the image of my wife is pretty low-key and neutral. Up close, there’s a pretty spectacular spectrum of brilliance. Red, yellow, blue, black, white painted on paper over a gray acrylic ground. I’m pretty attracted to all aspects […]
Self portrait – another more or less failed effort to attain a naturalistic color. Still playing with the scale and interplay of the spiral layers.