Angeles en Mexico

I am not a religious person, but I grew up in a very Catholic family. My memories of church were more about allegories to live ones’ life by, punctuated by rituals, and a crush on one of the priests. I can’t divorce those experiences from the use of angels as a metaphor for my current … Leap ForwardAngeles en Mexico

Lemons AND Lemonade?

It’s been almost two weeks since the day I walked into the clinic for my ritual HIV test. A ritual deep with meaning, history, and emotion. The first time I did this was in ’89 when you had to wait 21 days for the results. My doctor at that time said to me, “Oh you … Leap ForwardLemons AND Lemonade?

New Pathways

From the start of my process I have wanted to create images that were solely my own. Unique and representative of my view point of the world. I can remember taking all those photos in the streets of DF over 17 years. Each time returning to the scene I had shot to capture the aging … Leap ForwardNew Pathways

Fade into you

It’s interesting that I had 10 months to address my sleep issues. Blog it out or whatever it was going to take to discover what is at the root. Here I am back at it with a school schedule wake up time of 5AM and barely getting 5 hours a night despite my best efforts. … Leap ForwardFade into you

Muchos Más

Muchos Más. Many More. Fitting reminder there will be many more pieces to come with the willingness to allow them. I am nervous. Tonight I will start at the new job with a feast and camaraderie. New peers disconnected from my art reality but apart of it even if they don’t know or experience it. … Leap ForwardMuchos Más

Dancing into progress

Sorry for the glare in the photo. Hard with wet oil and varnish layers to get a good foto. I am just thinking a stream of consciousness would help me process the progress. • I really like the idea of differentiating the front row of dancers from the back. I decided on yellow with the … Leap ForwardDancing into progress

Control Fest

It’s the title so far because in the painting I intentionally left these words visible. Not sure just felt it had to be done. Can be corrected later if I change my mind. Right now I am sitting in the studio. The new piece is taped up to the bookshelves, so I can sit on … Leap ForwardControl Fest

More from Cuba

July 9th, 2018 2:30PM The windows in my room face into a central well area, which I presumed was for light, but did not warn me when morning had come. Although I’d gone to bed around 1AM, I still woke up at 9AM on the dot. Good morning Cuba! I leapt from bed feeling mostly … Leap ForwardMore from Cuba

Finding Inspiration and Refreshing Creativity

Well. Here we are on the eve of a big move to the new studio space and less than 48 hours from Havana Cuba. I am feeling a tad lazy…ok exhausted…from packing so I created this video to talk about what I hope to gain from the next week of adventures.    

Raw look at the photos

A few days ago I posted this video to give a little more explanation on my photo process. I am including here with the video repost the contact sheet of the raw photos from that same day. If you have questions or just want to chat about this let me know.

Mercado La Laguinilla

I was finishing the last page of my website build today and scheduling my social media posts for the next week. Fun right? The parts of having an art studio we never covered in school. Ran across this piece and immediately gave me flashbacks to that wonderful day. Thought I would share a few elements … Leap ForwardMercado La Laguinilla

Eating Emotions

I sent a message to a friend in California today asking for advice on social media marketing. It’s not a big deal, but it got flashed back to me that I hadn’t been keeping up with what was going on in their life and I wasn’t being very socially graceful. Directness is often a problem … Leap ForwardEating Emotions

The Store is LIVE!

  Update: The store is now live by clicking on Photo or Paintings in the menu!  As I have mentioned before, right now most of the sales component of my artwork is being handled through DABart and online at artsy.net. It’s great exposure and lovely to have representation via a gallery. The problem that arises … Leap ForwardThe Store is LIVE!

Things are Poppin’

I’ve made great progress this week in bringing things back into my studio that I am paying other people for. For instance, the patreon.com site is being moved inside of this site chromaticexplorer.com. I was paying 10% of my earnings to patreon.com to host my site and provide the option of membership subscriptions at different … Leap ForwardThings are Poppin’

Mending

Today is the first day I have felt fully human in a month. My stomach turned on me and took the entire system down. I could not eat for weeks. I was struggling with water and soup. I’ve had bad stomach problems for much of the last 8 years or more, so it’s not new … Leap ForwardMending

Throwback Thursday

I love this idea that we dig into the archives and reveal memories of days gone by, but in this case we apply it to artwork. 🙂 I’ve been in in bed for the past week coping with the pain of gallstones, so I have not been able to post much. Today I am vertical … Leap ForwardThrowback Thursday

Progress

Many hours of work to accomplish what before would seem so simple. Life right? First it was getting this site up and running. That goal had been sitting around for a few years and came to fruition about 6 weeks ago. In that time I have garnered over 1000 subscribers to site. How cool is … Leap ForwardProgress

Blue Monday

This post is available with images at Become a Patron!  Man am I exhausted from the photo shoots this weekend and the subsequent hours of parsing images to see if I had what I needed. Today, Monday, is supposed to be my day off, so I allowed myself to sleep in. I woke up at … Leap ForwardBlue Monday

Just moments before

Prepped as much as possible. I will be adding some notes to this page and in this same location. Perhaps some as I go through the shoot, but more likely reflections afterwords. If you are subscribing to my patreon.com/chromaticexplorer for $5 or more you get access to the proofs. Become a Patron! and view the contact … Leap ForwardJust moments before

Prepping

Wait, you didn’t just come here to see the black bar removed from the photo did you? Perve. But hey, no judgement. 🙂 I’m working through my ideas of how the model will need to move and what I will need from them in advance. It helps me to model it here first and think … Leap ForwardPrepping

Ciudad de Oaxaca

It’s been an interesting few days. My mojo drained. I am wandering the streets. Seeking inspiration. It’s not your fault Oaxaca. I showed up burned out. Complicated by a terrible airbnb experience. Dirty. Vacant. Just not what I was expecting. A cloak of loneliness fell over me. I travel by myself all the time, but … Leap ForwardCiudad de Oaxaca

The Frenzy

Much of the time the only way I can stay honest to my practice is to set goals (metas) for myself. Generally my goals are lofty overall and then drilled down to tasks like complete two paintings in a week to prepare for meeting a curator. I realized that the other gallery was going to … Leap ForwardThe Frenzy

Calurosa

What follows are the noted stream of thoughts and dialogue noted while working on this painting.  Calurosa – Las nubes desaparecieron y el tiempo se puso caluroso. The clouds dispersed and the weather turned warm. And so did my emotions. I could not escape the way I was feeling and it filled the surface. A powerful wave. … Leap ForwardCalurosa

Surviving

Admittedly I get sick more frequently when I live in Mexico City DF. It’s part of being here and being such a sensitive soul. JAJA. Yes I said sensitive soul. It’s all connected. The pollution, the crowded spaces, the endless walking and exploration. I stay up later working and I am generally in motion more … Leap ForwardSurviving

Blindness

I sometimes can’t work on a piece. I stop in a moment and walk away. There is a moment of terror. Will I go too far and not be able to come back. There is also a moment of recognition. The painting. The muse. The energy. The whatever you want to call it has asked … Leap ForwardBlindness

Radio Silence

Don’t assume my silence isn’t because I am not working. On the contrary, I am in full speed mode. Not all activity is directly related to creating the actual work. Sometimes it’s all about business…which reminds me of 10 things I need to do this week still. I sent off 10 new images to get … Leap ForwardRadio Silence

Joan

  Thanks to my friend Mark and his excellent massage skills, I was able to pick back up on this piece again. My hand had gotten to the point where it was swelling and making it difficult to hold the pastel stick and other tools. It turned out to be somewhat of a benefit for … Leap ForwardJoan