GARDEN

This series continues currently but originally it was a reaction to the cultural hype of 2000-2006.  I painted these works sitting outdoors without any “interface” of a camera or other image. The plants are life-size and the paintings can be hung individually or aggregated on the wall into personalized “gardens”.  I hope that the garden on the wall can change and morph formally into various arrangements over time. . . . hung in lines, groups, asymmetrical clouds. . .

The gesso is mixed of dried rabbit skin which forms a jelly glue when soaked in water. The glue is heated and mixed with powdered marble until it forms a paste and then gold pigment is added. The actions of mixing, heating, and soaking are part of the process of the piece.

Garden I Asssemblage, 2008

Dallis Grass, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 15×13 in., 2008

Poppy, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 10×14 in., 2008

Lemon Tree, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 6×9 in., 2008

Ave. H Agave, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 24×30 in., 2009

Poppy II, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 12×16 in., 2009

detail, Schoolhouse Lilies, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 2009-2010

Flower, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 20×28 in., 2008

detail, Mexican Paintbrush, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 2008

detail, Rain Lily, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 2008

detail, Freesia, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 2009

detail, Plant, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 2008


detail, Cosmos, Lemon Tree, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 2008

Passionflower, pen on paper, 2008

 

*And then, the following paintings are CACTUS PORTRAITS. These are part of the Garden series yet are  a special group of their own. Each cactus has so much personality that these paintings are anthropomorphic, in my eyes.

Cactus I, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 8×10 in., 2012

Cactus II, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 10×15 in., 2012

Cactus III, oil and handmade gold gesso on canvas, 10×15 in., 2012