People always want to know how it looked before I finish a piece.
Here’s a first and last day shot of “Together” for you. It’s carved from black Soapstone, and is about 20″ tall when standing up. The base comes next.by
I believe it’s important to realize that our dark sides are just as valuable as our light sides. Important as in discovering each one, and then learning how not to give into those dark urges, but find them and introduce them to light and love. This is We Are Me: oils on archival board, 18″ x 24″ (available – contact me)
This is one of the designs that woke me up one night at 3am and wouldn’t stop bugging me until I got up and painted it – this is No Matter How You Try, You Can’t Hide Your Beauty (Gouaches on Sumi ink on archival board – sold)
Life Spring – pastels (sold) . In the late 90s I was homeless for a little while. When my friends Jack and Amy took me in and had me house sit for them, it seemed like life had started again for me. So I did a series of pastels that made me feel like spring was on its way – even though it was December.
I have an enormous Bird’s Nest Fern in my garden – it’s almost 8′ across and over 6′ tall. Every day I go out and sit with it and hold one of its leaves like we’re holding hands – just nice. This is a closeup of one of its leaves, and the fern in back of it. Can you tell I love this plant? This is Birdy I – wax and acrylics on archival board, 20″ x 20″ framed in black wood.
Part of the 100 Paintings in 100 Days Project of 2010, this is Outrigger – I like how it reminds me of the old-timey photos of Hawaii – the greenish tiny, the calm water, the outrigger, the feel of the air…. Wax and acrylics on canvas – 9″ x 12″ – sold. Ask about commissions! Or get a print at http://PrintsbyLyon.com/
I was living near Los Alamos, New Mexico at the time I carved this.
Since I have very strong feelings about nuclear energy and its uses, I was attending local meetings about how the Los Alamos labs and their work with nuclear and radioactive materials affected the immediate environment and communities.
One of the things we talked about was how the workers at the labs up there were taking their radiation-filled clothing and gear and washing it in the laundromats in Santa Fe, and how the water in SFe was becoming polluted with radiation because of it.
So I did a series of sculptures on my feelings about using nuclear energy – including nuclear proliferation, radiation, the irresponsible transporting radioactive materials in unprotected containers on state highways, storing the waste at Native American reservations or in New Mexico salt caves….
I painted this when I was in New Zealand during my time as Artist-in-Residence down in Gore. I created a series of 18″ x 18″ paintings, and was practicing conveying strong emotion in very few brush strokes. this was one of the most successful. It was a bit too raw for the Kiwis, though – “That brassy American….”
I originally called this Why My Brothers Love Me, but decided that was too ya-had-to-be-there kind of wording. I just like the power and the dynamic energy of the bird, the way he’s standing, the brushstrokes, the colors – now you know why it’s one of my personal collection….
And often I think it would do a lot of us a whole lot of good to simply stand in the middle of the room and do a belly-based primal scream – just because!