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Since the first of 2013 I've been painting what is out my front window. Wonderful that beauty is so close, but I'm not searching for that, I'm looking at the moods the day will bring, those fleeting moments of an hour when it catches me, stuns me and I have to stare at it – I forget myself and all that goes on in my life. I look intently at the moment through the image, memorize the qualities as best I can. I don't try to make sense of the experience. I first took three canvases, one small, one medium and one bordering on large to paint the same image, three times, all at the same time. There were fleeting moments of the inspiration in each one of these paintings. Six months into this project something shifted, I focus on a single painting; I go in deeper. It is no longer a physical/mechanical struggle. All this is just a phase, I smile. Where do I go, what does that disconnect do for me? I think it may be my brain and not my mind that is at work. I question: do my eyes take over, bring me into a space where chatter doesn't exist? I stop when I find myself thinking. Go on when my work requires it. Why? I choose not to find an answer right now, life takes care of itself when I paint.

This work is in acrylic on raw canvas stretched over waxed board. When finished they are rolled in tubes for storage.


The New Year 2014

Distance on my one year focus has brought me closer to seeing who I may become – I like this. The process of practicing observation advances understanding, I believe like meditation more so than contemplation. It does not lead to a summing up; it allows an opening for the unknown – hopefully not for knowledge, but wisdom. This year of painting I exercised my personal power of concentrated commitment. No force can milk me of it, no person can tax it from me. I painted to see more deeply into the causes and effects of my nonverbal moods. Discovering I can steel myself from my ego's demons, doubt and desire, and since I can be me in spite of them, I believe I'll keep painting what vision strikes me – awakens me.
Thank you for looking in.

Around The Solstice
Around the Winter Solstice 2013
image is 24" X 24"



I like sharing my experience when I've taken a Pudding Creek paintings off its board, ready to be rolled up and put in storage. I'm a bit shocked and slightly delighted as part of the youthful me sees it as one of my skins.

Across the canyon

Across the Canyon
image is 24" X 24"

Posted November 11

 

I haven't left the house as yet today, it has been raining all of last night and continues into this afternoon. Today's chore is in the works. I've cleaned out all my paint pots, scrubbed them. Now I can mix my winter's pallet. My focus will require three days. I have stretched two new canvases and one I've put on a ground of blackish purple.

Nine pots are ready for filling, paints of winter greens, and three dedicated for the shadows deep between branches. I know I'll use all these pots. I have skies to mix, a paint for milky clouds reflecting the ocean, and winter sky blues tinted with bouncing light off forests. That fecund richest of greens that shows up only in the winter, the inspiration shocks me – nothing looks dead for long. Ah! What a paint. Gray and blue greens for the many differing species and then particular hues on the back of their leaves. I have a box of six new pots I've yet to open. Then more liquid of mixtures, when clear skies an intense transparent sap green, and when storms and fog descend a murky indigo like my old blue jeans that comfort me. These colors ground me, along with the Mars Violet made from a mud as ancient as the world's first painter, and a thick rust as iron from our original soup. I will fill in the rest of my painting needs with spectrum paints, new and pure, right out of the tube influencing this dark chord of winter – deep, raw.

Only then will I'll be armed for the upcoming battles.

  Winter Palette

 

The first week of November with time after memorials for two friends, recovery from the mess in our Government,
the stomach flu, and three weeks of daily painting, I moved this painting into my living room.

Fog Lifting
The Fog Lifting
36" X 36"


The last week of September I held onto for later savoring.

First Rains - September
First Rains
36" X 36"


First Rains
First Rains
24" X 24"


Fall entered October fighting, clutching onto summer on account that time appeared to be winning - here's one daily truce.

Dark Creek's Truce
The Dark Creek's Truce
34" X 48"
photo by Allan Droyan


Pudding Creek Triptych Pudding Creek Pudding Creek

Times of Day at Pudding Creek
three 2x2 foot panels - the painting on the right is not longer available.
24 X 72 inches long


My June painting focus stretched throughout July, and into August. Initially the light spoke of lingering details and those inspirations prompted me to focus each evening on fleeting moments to be remembered in paint the following day. Four feet long by two feet high, I used the smaller half size canvas first to make my decisions. Upon contemplating my move with that I could expound to my heart's content with the larger piece. I was born during the summer.

Summer Long LightSummer's Long Light
48" X 24"
photo by Allan Droyan


Small Summer Long Light
Summer's Long Light
24" X 12"
photo by Allan Droyan




The middle of July light seemed to lengthen with the added summer days. And the Red Hot Firecrackers began to bloom distracting me from the view of the creek, but only for a few weeks.

Mombruzia
  Crocozmia
July Firecrackers - two panels
12 X 36"

 

Dusk - May, Pudding Creek
Dusk - May
36" X 36"


Dusk - May Pudding Creek
Dusk - May
24 " X 24"
NO LONGER AVAILABLE


Dusk - May Pudding Creek
Dusk - May
11 " X 14"



Morning Fog Pudding Creek
Waking in Winter
36" X 36"


Medium sized Pudding Creek
Waking in Winter
24 " X 24"


Sm Pudding Creek
Waking in Winter
11 " X 14"


In the midst of working on the above three paintings I stopped to make a sculpture for our Botanical Garden's annual fundraiser - "Artist's Bird Houses". A great break to indulge in a flight of fancy - what appeared is a "Quirky-Bird's House". Also an opportunity to experiment with a new recipe for a paint I made with cement (no sand), a concrete bonding agent, soupy artist's acrylic, and a half&half slurry of liquid latex with water. The combination brushed on clung to my superstructure of the wooden bird house, fencing wire and hardware cloth grid, and cured to a tight concrete skin over the entire sculpture. I like it when an experiment goes better than according to plan. The heliport on the bird house roof supports a toy, prop-spinnable helicopter, succulent plantings and a warning sign to keep unauthorized personnel out of harms way. This is a habitable home for migrating birds that we have a lot of this time of year. (I think they are the original tourists.) The Mendocino Coast's Botanical Garden is a happening place. http://www.gardenbythesea.org/
Check it out.

QuirkyBird'sHouse
Quirky's House
LeftHouseBirdhouseCenterQuirky's House

June, six months into my work, I found this in a BBC interview with Paul Theroux - Albert Camus's exhortation to young writers: "Write the story of a contemporary cured of his heartbreaks solely by long contemplation of a landscape."

 

Morning Fog Pudding Creek
Morning Fog Pudding Creek (aka Put-In Creek)
36" X 36"


Medium sized Pudding Creek
Morning Fog Pudding Creek Medium (aka Put-In Creek)
24 " X 24"


Sm Pudding Creek
Morning Fog Pudding Creek Small (aka Put-In Creek)
11" X 14"
NO LONGER AVAILABLE


Dawn late January
Dawn late January
36" X 36"


Dawn Medium
Dawn late January
24 " X 24"


Small Dawn
Dawn late January
11" X 14
NO LONGER AVAILABLE


Dead of Night Window Gazing Large
Dead-of-Night Window Gazing
36" X 36" with copper and aluminium leaf


Dead of Night Window Gazing Medium
Dead-of-Night Window Gazing
24" X 24"
with copper and aluminum leaf


Dead of NIght Window Gazing
Dead-of-Night Window Gazing
11 " X 14" with copper and aluminum leaf

photo renditions of Dead-of-Night paintings by Allan Droyan


I return to painting Pudding Creek

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Its contents supports the work of James Maxwell multimedia artist and writer. As a graphic designer his work consists of being a teacher of watercolors, oils, acrylic, and other graphic media. He is commissioned for paintings in private collections, and public venues. His print works ranges from etchings to glicee. Author of "The Concrete Gourmet's Cookbook - Solid Recipes" - the book consists of 12 chapter of how to make objects using the referred concrete recipes, cement recipes, using concrete as fine art material, cement as media. The how-to use these concrete projects range from making garden planters to food safe serving vessels, worm bunkers to sculptural mixes, and day to day usable objects to follies.

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