Fine Art Fantasy
Images of the Fantastic
Dawley Street Gang
Mudjekeewis the Northwest Wind
This painting is from a series on the tale of Hiawatha. Mujekewis is the Northwest Wind. When he blows we know we are in for bad weather! It is done in a technique where I did a rather careful underpainting in burnt sienna, and then overpainted with glazes of green and yellow and blue. I did six or seven paintings in this series, all based on Hiawatha.
Brook in Rocks
There are figures in this painting, if you want to see them, or you can see it just as a pile of rocks with some water flowing through it. I enjoy painting images that can read in several different directions. There is also a very large image of a face in it. I have no idea who these people are but there they are.
This little painting is from out of my head. It is not based on anything real; it is what I would call surreal. I call it The Journeyers and I have done a number of paintings of people that are on a journey. The inspiration for these paintings is from a novel by Hermann Hesse, who was one of Carl Jung’s patients at one time. He wrote a story about a man who was always aware that, in the background, there was a group of people who were always going somewhere. He wanted to join them but was afraid to. This theme goes through the whole novel and, eventually, he does join them.
Thou Knowest Not in What Dreams
Plaza Del Toros
The Watchers of Armageddon
This painting was done in 1962, after my father died. I have a way of working with my paintings and things when I get distressed. I find that it is good therapy for me to “paint it out”. In this case, on the left side, you see a figure with the head turned away from the viewer and a woman in white next to a smaller child figure. This was, in my mind, my wife and myself. My son had not been born yet. I indicated a female form in this painting but, when my son arrived, he was a boy, and very much so!
This was my first experiment with glazing. I had painted very directly before this but, in this case, I had worked up a very complete underpainting, and then added the color in thin layers, using a technique that was developed originally in Venice. You can get very high color with it.