Sometimes fire paintings don't work out. Its one of the risks of the business. Fire can be a little unpredicatable. The canvases to the right are the results of a burn session in which I didn't get any final photos that I was happy with. However, I decided to repaint the canvases (and throw paint on the canvas while it was on fire). The canvases themselves turned out very well. Photos of these pieces, as well as un-burned paintings from April are here on this page.

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title: Trapped
fire, acrylic, on canvas

20x32
Creation:
April, 2004

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This large (40 x 30) canvas is the happy result of discontent. In attempt to white white and burn a painting that I was not happy with , this intriguing combination of white, black and hints of red is the result.


title: The Kite
acrylic on canvas

24 x 24
Creation: May, 2004

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Painted at 3 AM on a sleepless night this painting turned out very well. Its a return to my black lines and solid colour style.

 

title: Triadic
fire, acrylic, on canvas

30x 40
Creation:
April, 2004

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This large (40 x 30) canvas is the happy result of a failed fire painting. In attempt to burn a painting that I was not happy with , this intriguing combination of white, black and hints of red is the result.


title: Arrighi at work
comission for Pen World magazine
pen and ink on paper
7 x 4
Creation:
April, 2004

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This pen and ink sketch was done for my uncle for an article he is writing for Pen World magazine on the calligraphy or Arrighi, a 15th century italian calligrapher. I am very proud of this piece; it developed over a month and contains many reasearched and historical elements. The writing instruments are copied from a 15th century sketch of the implements of the time. The background is borrowed from a Bosch painting of a 16th century landscape. The text being written is a copy of Arrighi own hand-- it is the opening lines to the Lord's prayer.


title: Something is Fishy
acrylic, on canvas

16 x 20
Creation:
April, 2004

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This fun little painting was done with two girls (10 and 8 years old) who helped me paint it. The photo does not do the original's vivid playfulness justice.

 


title: let it slide
fire, acrylic, on canvas

12 x 24
Creation:
April, 2004

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An abstract creation.

 


title: Used
6 print photo essay

Creation:
May, 2004

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Click the photo view the arrangement of this six piece photo essay. It was taken while visiting a remote cabin in central B.C. Canada.

 

 

   
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