Hello, and thanks for entering my blog
Let me introduce myself as an Unfrustrated Artist with too much on his plate and never enough time to do it all. One word not found in my vocabulary is “bored.” There is simply too much wonder in this world, and life is too short to sample it all. So, I believe the best thing one with an “artistic drive” can do is carve out a quiet, affirming space on this planet, and then set to work doing what s/he loves doing best.
I strive to create watercolors of environments that, in “Proustian” fashion, take me back to primal memories of my upbringing. My website, www.recollections54.com, is named after my birth year and is illustrated with sights and objects I recall from the fifties that now exist only as relics and husks of what was once a thriving, viable community. I hope you enjoy looking at environments I’m interpreting and recreating.
My “real” job is teaching high school fulltime (Art History, Philosophy and Humanities) and college part time (Old and New Testament, World Religions). I also love playing guitar and singing, though currently I am not performing. I am also an avid fly fisherman, wishing he lived in Colorado or Montana.
When I create the quality time, I thrive in reading books and filling journals and sketchbooks. When the quality time allows me to go “out,” I take my watercolor gear, digital camera, and necessary accessories to hit the road and look for environments to render in watercolor. My studio space at home consists of a third bedroom (watercolor requires so little space) or more recently, the garage (livable in Texas except for June through August). I have laughed at this emerging culture of the man-cave, and have looked at Internet photos of all the cool environments suburban men have carved out for their pleasures. My Cave is shielded from the Jeep by nine antique doors, hinged together in pairs and threes. I have furnished my spot with an antique drafting table from 1915 (surface measuring 4 x 7′), a modern drafting table, Portable TV/VCR, coffee maker, a drafting stool, reading chair and director’s chair. It is enough. When I’m in the garage, I paint, enjoy my coffee, listen to video lectures in philosophy and art history from The Teaching Company, documentaries from Voices and Visions, and dozens of documentaries of famous artists. I also spend much time reading poetry, essay or biography, writing in my journals, blogging, and of course I’m all the time tinkering with my watercolors. On most days I have no less than 2-3 watercolors in progress at the same time, always shifting from one to the next, so I don’t get stale over one, or frustrated if one is not going the way I had planned.
I wish I had always known the beauty of life that I am now able to perceive and explore.