Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Sneak Preview! Blue hippo

I have a set of 16" x 20" canvases that I plan to use for my next set of paintings. I haven't used that size since one of my earliest paintings offered on eBay, Burning Monk. It's fun to return to this size and see what it encourages me to create.

Speaking of encouragement, I've had a lot of requests for more Buddhist art--work that would fit in my Buddhist Series. Sure! I love to do work in all my series, it's just a matter of time, inspiration, and research before I get to one or another series in my painting cycle. (And I admit, it's been a while since I replenished some of my series--thanks for standing by your man while I was painting something else.)

I also wanted to take this post to acknowledge once again the great influences in my work. My art is often an homage to the art I love--so you'll definitely see my admiration for Chinese brush painters and the art of the T'ang Dynasty, Japanese printmakers such as Hokusai and Hiroshige and the art of the Nara period, symbolists of Europe such as Odilon Redon, Franz von Stuck, Ferdinand Khnopff, Gabriel Dante Rosetti, tiki carvers of Polynesia and the United States, and contemporary artists like George Rodrigue of Blue Dog fame and my friend, the mystical-magical Greg Spalenka.

Picasso once said something to the effect that mediocre artists copy and great artists steal--which is hilarious.

What happens if you say thank you?

Take care,

I.
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