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Posted on 2008.10.06 at 12:17
Please feel free to read and comment about my art at:

AMDOWNS.WORDPRESS.COM


I hope to see you there. Thanks!

G'pa - pyrography

Vanitas I, Finished.

Posted on 2008.06.10 at 12:38
This photo is not the best (the dark blotches on the canvas are wet spots; it will take months to dry completely) but I wanted to show the finished painting:


Vanitas I,2008. Oil on board


Ars Longa, Vita Brevis: An ExplanationCollapse )

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My daughter.

Posted on 2008.03.03 at 09:25

Malie, Watercolor study


Many child portraits are overtly saccharine and don't portray a real human-in-the-works. I want to paint my daughter with a realistic eye, as a document of her growth and potential and celebration of childhood.

A good portrait doesn't have to reduce a child to doll-like status. Malie is a sweet-faced baby but she is also an individual in a constant state of change. She was fifteen months old when I painted this.

ARGH!  I'm Burning!

Etsy!

Posted on 2008.02.19 at 15:39
There are some new items for sale in MY ETSY STORE, including this 12 x 12 original:


Memories of Green, Mixed media on printed card stock.
12 x 12 inches. See a larger version BY CLICKING HERE.


I have also listed postcard-sized works with an Art Nouveau style: whiplash curves, organic forms and stylized line work.

Enjoy!

ARGH!  I'm Burning!

Watercolor!

Posted on 2008.02.05 at 21:37


Teardrop, Watercolor and ink on Canson paper.
4 x 6 inches


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Painting in progress.

Posted on 2008.01.23 at 11:06
For those who don't read my personal LJ (I'm also shigella), I've been taking night classes at The Atelier in Minneapolis. The type of art-making taught revolves around classical realism, a movement inspired by the masterful art of painting reality as it is seen.

I've been drawing there and working on a painting at home, based on the principles I've been learning. Since this is outside-of-class work, I am taking pains to work slowly and without a mentor. It's not bad for a personal project and I can see improvements in my style already:


Vanitas
WORK IN PROGRESS.


Maybe I'll finish it before spring arrives. I hope so; this is a somber painting with a wintery feel. I'll need to paint something happier when May rolls around.

ARGH!  I'm Burning!

Taffy

Posted on 2007.11.16 at 20:01
The following poem was in a book of rhyme I had as a child. I always thought it was intriguing in its violence over such petty items, a bit like Spy vs. Spy in MAD magazine. The illustrations in the book show a masked thief sneaking through a window in the blue-black dark of night.

After doing some research, I found its origins in Celtic mythology, in which the Celtic god Amaethon stole from Arawn. "Taffy" is an ethnic slur for anyone of Welsh decent. As a child, I only knew the term "welsher" as someone who doesn’t repay debts. I never thought of the root word Welsh being attached to it as derogatory and rude until I was much older. There are not many folks from Wales living in Minnesota.


Working in my studio

Skull studies

Posted on 2007.11.15 at 22:05
Current Mood: artisticartistic




hand-aged paper, graphite.

ARGH!  I'm Burning!
Posted on 2007.09.24 at 07:52
I finished my Queen of Hearts card for snooks Project.


Pyrography, walnut ink, composite gold leaf, watercolor, ink and digital. Measures 5 x 7 inches.
Click here to see a larger version

Working in my studio

Work in Progress

Posted on 2007.09.07 at 08:33
According to classical theism, beauty is a quality of God and therefore exists in a way that transcends its material manifestations.

To be an artist, to create anything, is to assert your own aesthetic and present it to the world.

I used to think it wasn't enough to just make beautiful pictures. But lately, I think beauty is reason enough to create something. The world is full of horror, politics, life-altering decisions and daily drudgery. It is a wonderful thing to find an image that lets your mind and soul dwell on something beautiful. I want to provide that to the world. I don't think that is a calling for all artists. Political art definitely has a place as a catalyst for change. But for me, Beauty is reason enough.

This is a preview of another piece I'm burning:



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