I ate Cajun flavored rice crackers right before bed and dreamed that I started a trio with Slick Rick &Jack Klugman.
We were genre defying.
9×12 Quick sketches:
Emotion is a truth which is always beautiful.
Collecting art has become rarefied. Where as formerly passion and an eye (personal sense of aesthetics) were the main & most important prerequisites, they have been supplanted by space and money.
The size of my works is intentional. I have in mind new collectors for whom space is at a premium. Apartment dwellers should not feel it an impossibility to start a collection.
I also have in mind burgeoning collectors who are just starting to delve into the myriad genres of art out there. A large piece starts to dictate what directions a collection will go in for people living in normal sized spaces. Smaller works do not create a visual limitation.
I want the collector to live with my works and not (feel as if) under them which may occur in apartments.
Always is the striving for emotion to come across in my work(s) and this size bolsters it by almost creating a senses that one is witnessing a scene, the viewer as a voyeur.
” ‘Nita” 9×12 Watercolor & Cotton Paper (1st painting of ’19)
Lopsided grin not visible but the splashing of the water did not drown out the song that she sang to herself. The traffic, one driver in anger or celebration leans on his horn and through the closed door could almost be Fats Navarro taking a chorus. W.Wolfson
Last Painting of ’18 9×12 Watercolor & Multi Media Paper
We all carry in our heads the idea of ourselves, the self image. Desires and faults which we try to keep close to the vest aside, a componant to the truth lay outside of ourselves.
This is why often no one thinks their recorded voice sounds like them, as they think it is. The same goes for images. If the pose is not one set up as the subject imagines to be ideal, then it often seems “off” as it’s not inline with the self image.
I prefer to not work with professional models as the poses that they have worked so hard to learn have an artificiality to them which freeze dries the emotions which are the raison d’etre for all my work.
Often, I use same people over course of many pieces and years. As our history grows, a sense of trust develops. They know that, whether they like how some aspect of their visage is portrayed, it is the truth and the truth, an honesty, is always beautiful.
The trust allows for natural body language which helps facilitate emotions.
For this piece, I wanted a delicacy but also the sense of blood rushing and hot just below the skin.
This is only my third painting in my new studio. I was very pleased with results.
“Reds” 5.5×8.5 watercolor and paper
Please my friend, Nothing happens here ’till after10.We will meet at the Metropole and I will make you a party the proper way.
All my muscles twitched in anticipation but also preemptively in sympathy to how I would feel tomorrow.
They call it the sprawl. People seeking their fortune, power over others, their past, themselves or simply distraction come here.
Often it doesn’t work out. Either to settle debt or naively thinking they will work way up to better money and position people become window shadows, living come hither ads.
One grows used to seeing the writing silhouettes but always upon first entering the sprawl and encountering them one looks up, not necessarily a good idea here.
The higher up window shadows had to go further than mere writing & dancing to get attention. In compensation for attitude, entire acts could be witnessed occurring perhaps a floor or two before the rooftops.
Both my cheeks were kissed in the proper way as is only right. He clapped his hands together. Everyone nodded to themselves sensing the expansiveness of the boss’s joy to once again see me and hear me talk.
(Notes & images from the sprawl December 2018 W.Wolfson)
Watercolor and paper 5.5×8
I have always needed to be engaged with what I am drawing/painting. However, it need not be an overly dramatic thing, snapshots from my daily life often do the trick.
This is because most of the joy and excitement for me comes from serving the process. This perhaps is indicative of what is referred to as having “a calling”.
I just found a great fishmonger near new studio. Here is dinner.