Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
My 10 year old daughter just asked, "Whoa. . . I like this, who is this?" My answer was: "Grant Green"
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Here is another painting that just rolled off the conveyor belt after weeks of graphing and before the addition of salt, sugar and nitrates
Monday, March 21, 2011
The paintings always gotta have a little pitch. We need those knots in order to hold all the ribbons in one place; a bow as it were.
Flickering on the edges of my eye/hand coordination, The Hidden Persuaders are paintings that I have swiped from my/our periphery.
Any words that come to mind after a painting is finished are consequently archeological speculation.
I need to paint faster than words in order to capture The Periphery, and yet, in order to do that, I need to stare at a painting for days and days at a time and then, of course, look away.
These things didn't just happen in a "happy accident" sort of way, rather, they took hours and hours of studied boredom followed by a couple seconds of glorious unknown.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Oil on acrylic on Masonite, 7 x 6 inches
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Steven LaRose, Petra Haden, 2011
oil on acrylic on Masonite, 7 x 6 inches
Masonite was invented in 1924 in Laurel, Mississippi, by William H. Mason. Mass production started in 1929. In the 1930s and 1940s Masonite was used for many applications including doors, roofing, walls, desktops, and canoes. It is still sometimes used for house siding and, if kept painted at regular intervals, it will last the life of the house. Its popularity later faded, but it is still used, most notably by hobbyists. It is widely used for interior doors and gave birth to a door company of the same name.
It is formed using the Mason method, using wood chips, blasting them into long fibers with steam and then forming them into boards. The boards are then pressed and heated to form the finished boards. No glue or other material is added. The long fibers give Masonite a high bending strength, tensile strength, density and stability. Unlike other composite wood panels produced using formaldehyde-based resins to bind fibers, Masonite is made using natural ingredients only, which makes it an environmentally friendly product.
Artists have often used it as a support for painting, and in artistic media such as linocut printing. Masonite's smooth surface makes it a suitable material for table tennis tables and skateboard ramps. Masonite is also popular among theater companies as an inexpensive way to resurface stage floors.
Moving companies are large users of Masonite. Among other things, they use it to protect the walls of buildings they are working in, and lay it on floors to enable smooth rolling of dollies loaded with goods.
Masonite is widely used in construction, particularly in high-end renovations where floors are finished prior to other work and require protection. Sheets of ⅛" or ¼" masonite are typically laid over rosin paper on finished floors to protect them. The masonite sheets are taped together with duct tape to prevent shifting and to keep substances from leaking through.
Masonite is also used extensively in the construction of sets for theater and film and television. It is especially common in theaters as the stage floor, painted matte black.
It is also considered one of the best materials in the making of a musical Wobble board.
Masonite is also a popular choice for cake boards for professional cake decorators, due to its being a natural product and being strong enough to support multiple tiered creations, such as wedding cakes.
It is also called Marsonite. In Europe, this product is also known as Isorel.
To a lesser extent, Masonite is used in guitar bodies, most notably by Danelectro.
Masonite was also a popular protective backing for wooden console stereo and television cabinets from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Masonite swells and rots over time when exposed to the elements, and may prematurely deteriorate when it is used as exterior siding. In 1996, International Paper (IP) lost a class action suit brought by homeowners whose Masonite siding had deteriorated. The jury found that IP's Masonite siding was defective. 
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I had to fight back. . . didn't I?
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
"Why fight the landscape?" I thought. I'm going slightly bigger, and yet, I am preparing twenty new tiny panels.
I don't watch a lot of moving pictures. There is nothing wrong with them mind you, but Television, Movies, and Video Art are often too garish or pedestrian for me. Consequently, I am moving-picture-illiterate and EVERYTHING astounds me.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
This time I was bringing a painting up to a new endeavour called PRESENTspace (link).
For those who turn their noses up at lengthy personal diatribes I submit this spoiler: My trip to Portland was the perfect balance of shit, I could do better than that, and "whoa". I came home and immediately started cleaning the studio.
Once upon a time, I went to Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington. Yes, Walla Walla is that very town that was named after Bugs Bunny's incantation at the end of "Transylvania 6-5000" (5:58 into the movie).
I met Micajah Bienvenu in Walla Walla. Some years went by and when facebook was invented I re-met Micajah. I introduced him to Eva Lake and now they are two prongs of the trident that is PRESENTspace. I was bringing a painting up to hang behind the desk, feel the place out, and experience Micajah's sculptures for the first time.
I got there too early to get into the space, but with plenty of time to walk around Portland's Pearl District. I did the usual stuff, but with gusto. Only Jane Timken's paintings (link) stirred my aesthetic loins.
Those two paintings were enough. The drive was worth it. I headed back to PRESENTspace and hung my painting. I hung it where Micajah had trained a spotlight on the wall.
I met many interesting people at Micajah's opening. I didn't even fart once. It was really cold in the space so my nose ran clear one time when I laughed, but I don't know if anybody noticed. Hanging out at a gallery and chatting is a great time. The next time we are at a gallery together, you and I should talk about it.
When I got home the next day. . . today, I approached my studio from a different angle.
Our house looks like a two story house but it isn't. It is just up off the ground because we have underground springs. My studio is halfway underground. My door is on the left, under the awning.
Today I swept and shop-vacked my stairs. No more leaves, dog hair, and black widows' nests.
When you open the door into my studio you are met with two of my working walls. One is a horizontal space, the other vertical.
Turning right you can see the back wall that is more of a staging area now.
I can't seem to let go of that old drafting table.
Another quarter turn and we are looking at whatever is the opposite of a "working wall".