Food Glorious Food

Three paintings submitted to Cathy Boyd’s “Food Glorious Food” exhibit. Two sold “Small Potatoes” and “Winter Picnic”. “Dinner for Ryan will be going to Harmony & Ryan’s camp.

Small Potatoes, Oil paint on wood panel, 6 x 6, sold
Winter Picnic, Oil on wood panel, 8 x 10, sold
Dinner for Ryan, oil on canvas, 16 x 20

Obliteration

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the AGO in Toronto April 26, 2018. 

The 60’s were an explosion of creativity, protest, civil rights and war. Yayoi was right there in the heart of it all from Japan to New York city. She was born in Japan 1929 and still paints in her studio every day. Here are a few quotes from Yayoi Kusama.

“Self-destruction is the only way to peace” 

“Stop nuclear bombs and wars, now/Live your shining life/forever eternally/I sincerely hope that you would view the works I have created with my utmost strength. Let’s sing a song together in praise of humanity facing the universe.” (2011)

Letter to President Nixon,  (1968)

“Our earth is like one little polka dot, among millions of other celestial bodies, one orb full of hatred and strife amid the peaceful, silent spheres. Let’s you and I change all that and make this world a new Garden of Eden.

“Let’s forget ourselves, dearest Richard, and become one with the Absolute, all together in the altogether. As we soar through the heavens, we’ll paint each other with polka dots, lose our egos in timeless eternity, and finally discover the naked truth: You can’t eradicate violence by using more violence. This truth is written in spheres with which I will lovingly, soothingly, adorn your hard masculine body. Gently! Gently! Dear Richard. Calm your manly fighting spirit!”

Materials: oil on leaf covered canvas 12″ x 16″ 

Gary in the obliteration room.

Silver Lake

My daughter is starting a tradition. Every fall we visit Silver Water to pick sweet apples from a roadside tree, followed by a hike along the shore of Silver Lake with my grandson Cole. Traditions create a rhythm of seasonal life. Last year I painted Cole on the beach with an apple. This year he leaped and danced along the shore with an apple in his hand. I have an idea for my first triptych inspired by those photos. This painting here is a warm-up… so stay tuned.

Materials: Oil paint on canvas, 12″ x 16″

Mocha

This little stray showed up at our place about 4 years ago. Unfortunately, our older cat Spike (very territorial and now 17), did not want to share his home with her. The only solution we found was to keep her in the spare room in the garage which we called the taj and is now known as Mocha’s apartment. The room is also my painting studio/guest room and Gary’s favorite napping place so she gets lots of company. Mocha loves to stalk and hunt outside.

Materials: Oil paint on Canvas 10″ x 10″

Mocha