REMOVER OF OBSTACLES - GANESHA

This beloved elephant-headed Hindu god is known by many other names but most commonly referred to as “Ganesha”. Worshipped as the remover of obstacles, (note the broken chain at upper left) this deity also places obstacles in the path for those who need to be checked.

Ganesha is connected to the Hindu mantra “Om” and personifies the primal sound.

The symbols of Ganesha are meant to bestow life lessons to help steady the mind and evolve with spiritual positive progression.

Some of the symbols included in this 30” x 40” acrylic on canvas painting are: one tusk, the trunk. blessings, a mouse, OM symbol and the Ganesha symbol.

 
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I'M NOT A SUSPECT - RAG13

The collection is called RAG13. A reflection of how technology and lifestyles have changed and altered our lifestyle dramatically. EVERYTHING WE DO CAN BE TRACKED AND MANY OF US OFFER INFORMATION FREELY ABOUT ALL OUR MOVEMENTS, PURCHASES, LIKES, DISLIKES, WHO WE ARE WITH AND SO MUCH MORE.

We have given up certain rights, created suspicion, placed cameras everywhere to live in a somewhat safe society. OUR SMART TV’S, PHONES, COMPUTERS ARE All equipped to records us in some fashion. then we have passwords and usernames we need to remember. there are codes when can use to use to find who is observing us.

there’s more to read in the “About” section of rag13.com

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ST. JUDE 2019 BOSTON MARATHON JERSEY

This years running of the BOSTON MARATHON is on the anniversary of the attack in 2013. Another beautiful opportunity was presented to me where I was asked if I would design this running gear for St. Jude HERO’s. This was an exciting test to design a garment for such a famous event. My immediate thought was speed, endurance and the American flag and so this design was created. I wanted the sensation of speed to continue when a runner is stationary. You can help St. Jude and the amazing work they do by purchasing any of the running gear available here: https://teamstore.pactimo.com/stores/abraham-st-jude-boston/show

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THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IS CHANGE

Mornings begin with sunshine so I chose Golden Benz Yellow Medium to start the journey of this CANVAS. Take action, sit back and allow for vibration, take more action, feel inspired, and trust in exploration to lead to that “Aha”!! moment.

Running visuals in my mind of the methods I have used to spread paint or create patterns as a foundation. LAYErs and layers will occurr and possibly the addition of a black and white abstract painting on top of a very colorful painting. I like to think in adding layers, then uncovering colors and patterns with various tools.

This is part one of an ongoing blog in the development of this painting.

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PAINTING LADY COCA

this was Another fun piece to create because it begins with an unknown direction. It’s like the start of a new day where we begin with the usual morning ritual. by nightfall when we return to bed, we will have gone through a variety of visual and auditory senses, detours, and other experiences which make the day complete. we start with some sort of plan, but a lot of it was spontaneous.

in my art, i often think about how can i do certain parts different than before? in this piece i decided to change the surface of the board and use @GOlden molding paste. this gave the effect of painting on a textured wall.

a portion of the coca cola design was added mainly because of the graceful letters and the stark red and white colors.

the black stripes of the fabric hinted for the inclusion of musical notes or piano keys but i chose the fender guitar shape instead.

BURNING QUESTION

“Man with a Burning Question” is a screen print on watercolor paper with acrylic paint and details using pen and ink.

First application I did for this work was to brush water onto the paper followed by adding acrylic paint and allowing the paint to spread out. The paper is then sits for a while until completely dry.

The original image was drawn and then “burned” onto the fabric of the screen which now serves for producing a desired quantity of prints. Burning is the term used to describe embedding an image which is on acetate, onto the screen using a powerful light source.

Next up is the process of securing the screen on a table, perfect paper alignment, making a test print and then the actual production.

In this video I added hand-embellishments after the printing using more acrylic paint and then pen and ink. “burning man with a question” now becomes a varied-edition where no two prints are alike beyond the central image.

MAGNIFICENT BEAUTY OF WATER

After photographing water for over three years starting with a cheap camera and elevating to a powerful Canon 80D, I have been blessed to explore and discover on my own the magical beauty of water in frozen action.

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My photos are taken without the use of fancy filters or photoshop. If I don’t grab an exceptional photo, then so be it. the above picture “travelers” automatically shifted to black and white due to the intensity of the sun shining directly into the lens. It may take weeks to capture something exquisite or surreal worthy of exposure to the public.

The most interesting experience in taking these water pictures is that I enter a level of meditation, a sort of groove where I am connected to the water almost to the point where I know what image will appear.

there were times where people or animals would clearly be recognizable in these abstract fluid shapes. A thin sheet of water having droplets on the edge separating into droplets looking like planets.

 
 

"WHITE BALANCE"

Do you find that abstracts are creations consisting of thrown paint, random childish action done without much thought? Actually at times that might be true, but there are serious artists who create from emotion, from a level of consciousness.

This painting was a long process only because I have discovered that something has to occur at a deep level to know that I have reached completion. Different tools are sometimes used to find that connection even in ways I would never expect. In this painting for example, I suddenly used the pouring method of Jackson Pollock.

I like a level of control and really enjoy the surprises which occur from using the rotary sander to expose what’s below. Coming up though I will experiment even further with different surfaces and gels to make the paint create it’s own abstract for me to use as a background.

ALL TOGETHER NOW

How can we make sense in a world that doesn’t ?

I, Me, Mine.

How many times do we encounter people who make us feel we live in their world? Life has become so distorted, deceptive and suspicious that even with the astronomically advanced technology at our fingertips making us all so much closer, we are at the same time distant and wary of our surroundings and each other.

Artificial Intelligence is stepping in to help us along in dealing with getting through life and little by little removing the need for humans to interact. Computers speaking to robots speaking to computers.

“All Together Now” is a 24” x 20” silk screen, hand embellished print. No two are alike in the treatment of pen and ink, watercolor and color pencils. Available in the SHOP for purchase.

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HAVANA CLUB CHEVY

When I walk around the cities of Cuba it’s like experiencing an enormous art gallery. The colors, sounds and visuals are of massive abundance. The distressed walls make for wonderful abstracts. The architecture is astounding with a level of construction no longer possible. The cars still remind us of a time when America had a very unique style.

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This painting consists of a 57 Chevy, a glass of rum and coke, the bat logo, a cartoonish woman from the 30’s and at far left the words Cuba Libre (rum and coke)

 
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The Bacardi Building is a most spectacular well preserved deco building in Havana. Absolute treasure of architecture, it stands proudly towering over Havana near the Capitol building. The smallest of details grabbed my attention when I spotted the logo on the door handle inside the building.

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MERCURY RISING

Another amazing talent gone so young but making a major presence at the Oscars on Sunday night.

28 years ago Freddie passed away and once again the old line of “time flies”, has to be spoken. But this time span has been at the supersonic level !! “C’est la vie”

Born Farrokh Bulsara then changed to Freddie Mercury, he came to this planet for the purpose of exploding into a musical genius and leaving behind a severe impact on millions of fans.

Curious to me is how his chosen name flows with the natural element of mercury which is that mercury is a transition metal element that is unique because it is the only metal element that exist in a liquid form at room temperature. Added to that, the planet Mercury has a surface temperature of 840˚ F and a temperature swing of 1,100 degrees in the opposite direction.

Perfectly unique !

Added to that, the planet Mercury has a surface temperature of 840˚ F and a temperature swing of 1,100 degrees in the opposite direction.

 
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I created this sketch of Freddie a while back when I was in the stream of sketching and just felt like doing a quick portrait of him.

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A VISIT FROM JACKSON POLLOCK

Another painting to explore possibilities, open and free to be what it wants to be. Over a span of a couple of weeks this piece went through various changes. Suddenly it took on the spirit of Jackson Pollock.

COVER THE NEWS

This large abstract measures 72” X 72” and is a mixed media of acrylic paint, newspaper, color pencil and fabric. Taking on such a large piece of area heightens the excitement of what is to come. First to go on was the gesso paint and the fabric. A torn shirt was placed randomly on the canvas and once it had bonded with the drying paint it was then ripped away from the canvas.

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ABSTRACT ATTRACTION

The mystery and unexpected changes along the pathway to making abstracts is the thrill of it all for me.

The fun is in the random placement of paint using brushes, spatula’s, sponges and then sometimes using a rotary sander to remove some of the paint.

Also adding other elements like mediums and paper to help create textures and end up with a mixed media piece.

One of the artist I have enjoyed studying is deKooning. I search the internet looking for artists who inspire such as AJ Atwater and Elizabeth Kuth.

This work is still in progress and Part 2 will be posted at a later time.

Are you a fan of abstracts? Is there an abstract artist you follow?

BOYS FIND TROUBLE IN SHORT FILMS

SHORT FILMS are very attractive to me and I wish I could see the ones nominated each year before the presentation of the Oscars. Even in general, where does one see a short film? Maybe I have access to these and i’m completely unaware.

I find that having a limited amount of time to tell a story is much more difficult to achieve than in a feature film. Both categories can fail as well and leave you empty and yawning. Not being a film maker I wouldn’t know the complexities of both shorts and features.

This year the five short films are mostly about boys in trouble except for one french film “Marguerite”. From Spain comes “Madre” (Mother), which I read was shot primarily in one spot and almost in one take. This reminds me of “ROOM where I discovered the amazing talent of Jacob Tremblay and fell in love with this movie, both main actors and how it was made. I just watched him do his magic in the movie “Wonder”.

One of my favorite Hitchcock films is “ROPE” , mainly shot in one room and about ten takes were used in one location. Walls and furniture had to be quietly moved by the crew to make room for the camera as the scenes moved through the rooms.

What I really enjoy the most are movies with a small cast, which end with where the film began, and a few other requirements. Whats your favorite type of film? Do you have access to short films where you live?

THE OSCARS RHAPSODY

the 2019 Oscars and the ceremony seems to be the most exciting yet. With so much controversy brewing in various aspects of award shows, this one has come out of the gate announcing that four awards will not be televised. It’s a dose of “less is more”. Once again everyone will not be pleased but it’s still fun.

 
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Each year the Best Picture award goes to a movie which on it’s own just might really be the best. But how do you pick an orange to be better than an apple? So in making the night of entertainment into a competition, the odds makers have their predictions for all the categories.

I created this sketch of Freddie Mercury almost a year ago and thought to post it and include it as my bet that Best Picture goes to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Which picture would you place your bet on as Best Picture? Tough choices for sure!


FACE OF HEARTS

My new release of “Face of Hearts” t-shirt is one of other designs in line soon to be released. Women sizes 100% cotton in white or grey. Long sleeve, short sleeve.

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