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LEFTOVERS & PALETTE GREMLINS 2017

LEFTOVERS & PALETTE GREMLINS 2017

Creative exercises can help keep an artist focused and productive. That was the thought going into 2016 with the Leftovers & Palette Gremlins project…and boy did the project prove essential in a year teeming with distraction.

Looking back it’s hard to believe I posted a new work every week—mostly on time—but there they are, all 52 still available to view. The project was so well received that I’m committing to do it again in 2017.

This year I’ll be publishing in semi-regular installments, not quite weekly because of time commitments like the exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum.

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2016 GALLERY PROJECT

2016 GALLERY PROJECT

Leftovers are little spur-of-the-moment doodles or sketches created from paint left over from a work in progress. Most of these quickies end up in the trash, but some are kind of cool on their own and others have lead to full scale paintings.

I’ve been doing this since my art school days: THE PEEPER came from the paint left over from a piece done for my first professional portfolio.

Palette Gremlins are small creations found in random shapes, usually paint on a palette or the mat board I use to protect my drawing table. Often what I see is an alien or a face, but PASSAGE: THE RED STEP was suggested by shapes in the over-spray left from a complex airbrushing session.

In either case, when they spark an idea that leads to a larger work, it feels like a gift from my Muse! The point of it all, however, is to play with some paint — and see what happens.

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