#709 Meltdown!

40.6 x 50.8cm (16″x20″) Acrylic on canvas panel. Last of the 4 canvas panel paintings I picked up from the trash, and painted over. I’m hoping it wasn’t oil paint I covered over. Was pretty thin–not impasto, and seemed to be a single layer, so hoping the gesso won’t peel away from the painting underneath. I’ll leave that for the museum restorationists.
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Here’s a detail, close up.
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#707

40.6 x 50.8cm Acrylic on canvas panel. The few times I’ve traveled by air, have left a deep, visual impression. Bolstered by satellite photos. The series I’m working on now are like images from space… stripped of clouds. This also is another step toward integrating what I’ve been doing with my pen & ink and watercolor, and drawings, into my larger acrylic paintings.
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The Coming Human Extinction

I seriously ask myself, why do I bother to make art when there will be no humans on this planet in another generation?

The Uninhabitable Earth

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

By
New York Magazine

#706

27.9 x 30.5cm Pen & Ink over pencil. I feel like I’m making abstract, visual representations of our interlocking social/political/economic/communication webs.
Like… I could use this to map out a science/fantasy fictional world. Not the physical, geographic map, but the interrelational structures of dependency and independence

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What is “Structure?”

It’s one of those, “I know it when I see it” words. Not ‘composition.’ It’s the difference between pieces I will like a week after they’re finished, and ones I’ll want to paint over. It’s what’s missing in #704

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It’s what I’m working to correct here–the underpainting of #705–another canvas stretched on an old window frame.  The painting below, #693 (now at International House) — has structure.
#693 Cityscape

This is my current obsession.