Saturday, January 22, 2011

Leopard Jasper Abstract

On a whim, I recently visited a store which sold all types of weird trinkets and books, tarot cards, crystals, pendulums, candles, incense, and fountains -- the stuff in stories often associated with witch-craft and black magic. While there, I poked around through jars of rocks and gems and picked up a polished stone which caught my eye -- strong color patterns with darks and lights, but it was the subtleties in between which intrigued me. So I bought it to use as a reference for a painting, and I found out during the course of painting that it is a birthstone of January -- my month!

Leopard Jasper Abstract (triptych), 28" x 36", oil on panel.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Worlds of Law and Art

The Balance of Law and Art, 24" x 39", oil on canvas, 2010-2011.

Law and art can be categorized into two separate worlds, easily distinguishing one from the other, like the sun from the moon. Law is based on reason and art may be irrational; law is written and art is visual. On the other hand, the similarities between law and art are also abundant -- each begins with basic principles and relies on an analysis of society. This painting illustrates the constant rotation (or balance) of the two worlds, their similarities, differences, and interdependence.