Morning Star

morning Star Compressed

Lucifer which means ‘bringer of light’ was associated with the morning star or Venus. It is one of the few stars seen in the morning as the sun rises. Hence, Bringer of Light. He was god’s favorite in christian religion until he rebelled. I like the Muslim version better https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil#Islam . God wanted him to worship humans but he refused saying that he could only worship god.

2 angels

archangel 6 compressedstudio angel compressed

On left is Archangel 6, 24″ x 18″ or 61cm x 45.72 cm on right is Studio Spirit 12″ square or 30.5 cm. Most of the original angels were larger paintings but these I made smaller. they work up quicker and I think are just as potent as the bigger ones. these are for sale at https://jschindler.artspan.com/home

Still working on my book. I’m having trouble finding beta readers. My family doesn’t want to read it for fear they don’t like it they’ll hurt my feelings. Kinda lame but what can you do? I do have one friend who read it and liked it and was able to give me several good suggestions. So it goes.

New Gallery on ArtSpan

Angels is a new gallery, old work as well as a new one. see below https://jschindler.artspan.com/home

confession

I haven’t been painting much lately but there IS a reason now. I’ve been writing a book, a sc-fi novel. It was an idea that came upon me back in the spring. I started writing down snippets and have about 28,000 words so far. I need about 60,000 to 100,000 words for a novel length. I have a ways to go. It is my favorite genre and goes back to reading DC comics when I was 10. My creative energies have been funneled towards it. Truth be told I may have exhausted my painting muse. I plan to draw or try different media. I may get hit by some painting inspiration but for now I am going to focus on my book. I shall continue with this blog intermittently.

Thanks to all of you who have followed me. It means a lot to me. On to the next adventure!

Tree [brown and yellow]

close up treetree brown and yellow

Smaller than the other trees. Has lots of paint on it. About 5 layers. I included a close up. 24″ x18″ or 61 cm x 45.72 cm

Family Tree

Finally am able to post this. Third in tree series. [larger ones] Was thinking of Mondrian and his abstractions of a tree. I didn’t go quite that far. I wanted to use some “not natural” colors for it. Maybe some of the Western wildfires seeped into my unconscious but that was not my intent. I have been thinking about family and the ‘ties that bind”. I’d like to think this painting is ambiguous in that it is colorful and lovely or not. Perhaps, I should leave it at that. I am pleased with how it turned out. I may do some smaller tree studies, exploring color but am not sure at the moment.

Bristlecone #2

This is another bristlecone pine tree. this link is to an article about them in Wikipedia. I was fascinated by the harsh climate they grow in and their age. They are one of the oldest trees around. But what really struck me was the twisting and turning of their branches and trunk. This is 24″x 24″ or 61″ x 61″ 2021.

On another note, I have to take a little break as I did too much gardening and my back is hurting. Trying to stay off my feet as much as possible. There is another tree painting on the easel waiting……Bristlecone #2

oak tree

This is the next painting in the series of trees. It is inspired by the oak trees in City Park in New Orleans. I would often drive through the park on the way to visit a friend. I always loved driving on the tree lined streets. The Dueling oak is still there. It was where in the 17-1800s guys would go to duel. At the time it was well away from the city. Anyway, I have a few photos I took and so used them here. Memories.

3 Trees and Bristle Pine

                                     3 Trees on a Hill, inspired by bristle cone pine trees of the western, USA.

3 trees on a hill

bristle pine tree

Bristol Pine Tree, 2016, 36″ x 24′ or 91.44cm x 61 cm

As you can see from the date on the second tree, I’ve actually have been interested in trees. They are some of the oldest trees. I am fascinated with the twisting of the trunk and branches. A friend of mine Rachel Newton had taken some pictures of them. With her permission, I used a few of her photos. And then I abandoned them, not sure why. As I was fumbling about for new inspiration I came across the photos and this one painting. I may have had another painting, don’t know where it is. There is a pictures of it on my older works site. Also a block print from undergraduate printmaking class is the genesis for trees. My daughter may have that painting. (she occasionally “raids” my paintings. it is fine. I’m happy she likes them!) Anyway, I rediscovered them and started painting again. So far, so good. I think I have a few more in me. They reflect the technique I’ve used for my angel pictures but with different colors and they are rooted in the ordinary world. Fingers crossed

New Easel

I love it when you order something on line and it arrives 3 days later. This is my new easel. It is an A frame or lyre style. I picked it because it looked like it wouldn’t take up as much space as a “H” frame. I looked at the single or I frame ones but they didn’t seem to be as sturdy as the “A”. I sometimes get vigorous with my brush work so that was a consideration. The A frame seemed a bit more substantial and it is. It is made out of pine. I ordered it from Jerry’s Artarama. Over the years I have found them to have good prices on just about everything and more importantly they carry the oils I like the Maimeri Classico brand. The easel is made by Richeson. On the easel is an art board I’ve never used before. It is made by DaVinci, called Pro Panels. It has a bit of a tooth so I thought it might work for pastels.

The picture is blurry. It wasn’t hard to put together and it doesn’t take up much space. Guess I need to start painting.

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