Images of the Fantastic
Dawley Street Gang
Mudjekeewis the Northwest
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
very high color with it.