The-Steppenwolf, 1969, oil on canvas, (34"x28")Steppenwolf
It was a time of Carlos Castaneda, Tolkein, Herman Hesse and the Black Power Movement. It was flowers in your hair, beads around your neck, faded jeans and worn out cowboy boots; in Isla Vista it was radical priests, surfing, tripping in the sand dunes and watching them kill another Kennedy. Well, I guess the Texans won, at least until GE put their puppet RR in office and unleashed the dogs of capitalism.
This painting was about how we are forced into a corner and required to simply struggle with all our might to just maintain a falsely stable position soon to be dislodged.
The Steppenwolf seems like a whimper in time with strongly ominous prophetic capacity.
Santa Barbara Dreamin', 36"x48" acrylic on canvas
I just visited my sister in Sacramento and got a picture of this painting that I did for her back in '69. This was from a sketch I did of Ann and I was trying the "image inside of image" for a project I was working on. The landscape with people is from a photo of our walk out to Sands Beach from our trailer park on Hollister, in Goleta, CA. It sure doesn't look like that now that the developers have sold it to the rich people. This is my sister, Kathy and her best friend, Nancy. They were high school kids visiting us as the young married college students going to UCSB. Those were the days of "flowers in your hair" and a true love and appreciation for a beautiful day. My eyes water up as I look at this old painting now.
[collection of Chris H.]
Most of my painting classes at UCSB had us working from live models. I was taking several classes each quarter and was trying other design concepts in other classes too. This work was a combination of my interest in design and form and also a developing interest in balanced colors. I simply stylized one of my sketches into this hard-edge configuration based on the pose of the model.
Kachina-Madonna, 1970, Oil on canvas, (48"x48")Kachina Madonna
I had just returned from the Valley of Fire petroglyphs with strong Kachina Medicine to actuate the intent of conceiving a son, with my wife, as our next child. We had a son. She didn't really like the painting.
Again, I loved the play of pallet knife and oils on canvas.
Its kinda immature in terms of design flaws, but I still like the beautiful rich colors and the characters of the faces are still rather accurate.
Primary-Metaphysics, 1970(?) oil on canvas, (36"x48")
Of course, color and shape, size, value and relationship, these are the elements of a primary metaphysics. Blue is for earth/water, red is for humankind, white is spirit and yellow is Spirit.
I just really liked working with the pallet knife and rich oil colors. I liked stretching my own canvas and smelling the gesso drying. Then over the days or weeks, I enjoyed the smell of fresh oil and played the canvas like a drum with my flexible, tacky, knife and the streaking and blending of the colors in the oils. Oh well, I liked painting like this. Now-a-days, it would cost way too much.
Oh well, fun while it lasted.
In the Mirror, 1994, acrylic on masonite, (36"x48")
For thirty-seven years I taught Art, Crafts and Ceramics at Redlands High School. I have spent almost twenty years as an Arts Education Advocate through my work as District Mentor and with the California Arts Project. Regular vacation schedules allowed me to camp, fish, hike and relax, at the mountains, beaches and deserts of California. Through my solitary travels I partake in more contemplative art practices.
My personally “expressive” artwork has been mostly, drawing, painting, collages and assemblages. I’m now beginning to translate and transfer some of my artistic images to the computer as you are seeing.
Now that I am retired from teaching, I am working on several large collages that I have been researching and collecting for over many years. I have begun a return to acrylic paintings, painting over some old canvases and determined to use up all my art materials if possible. If you see anything you like you can make an offer on it. Enjoy.
Rhythmic Recording, 1992. acrylic on canvas, (24"x18")
This painting was done during a California Arts Project Leadership Institute held at the Walker Ranch in Marin County. It was done in the studio one night as about 8 to 10 musicians conducted a drumming circle for about two hours. The painting was begun and completed during that session. I was working on the Gyre project at the time and this helped me process the ideas concerning rhythm and color for that project. Plus, I just had the most invigorating time and good feelings of all my art experiences.
Shaman's journey, acrylic, (30"x20")
I painted this painting during my first California Arts Project institute (see Teacher section). It was non-objective/experiential which began to appear to be some kind of cosmological configuration.
When I get back to acrylic painting I'll know more about this work and maybe it will come to me to write more about it.
Image to imagine. Its not easy to actually see yourself in the nude. This project was not about seeing my nude body, as much as painting a picture of myself in the nude. So, I did both. (Hence, it was not about looking at myself in the nude, as in, in a mirror . . . dare I speak the name.)
Also, I have a long way to go to see well in my peripheral vision. But, I really did like the result of the colors up against each other and I liked those repeated patterns and negative shapes.