Rothko Meets Polloclk -#2 – 1976 – Oil on Canvas – 16 x 32 inches
This digital sketch from memory represents what was one of three painted for Carl Kaufmann, DDS. So, the other paintings were different sized canvases and would have been also numbered and titled as Rothko Meets Pollock # 3 and # 4. All three had the various green and yellow with some light yellow or white combinations. These were in his Fresno dental office on Fresno Street and Floradora Street for a number of years. Where are they now and the later years? I have no idea.
September 12, 2018
Watercolor 24 x 30 inches July 2018 from memory of acrylic on canvas – 36 x 48 inches – 1966. It was done in the art room on second floor and north end of the east wing of the old administration building of Fresno City College. I believe it was in a class of instructor Dean Draper, but Walter Witt taught there too and offered his critique of it while I worked on it there. The original acrylic was done in a hard edge style as above, with the exception that the acrylic did not have the modeling of the face and hair. Too the hair of the original was actually orange as a pure design element. This was left behind in a 1970 move. It may still be out there some place if it was not trashed.
ROBERTS RANCH – OIL BASED ON CANVAS – about 1973 – 46.5 X 72 INCHES
Was painted as a gift 44 years ago – which later, I had reacquired. It recently had a little “traction” on Facebook, and many thought it was “newly” painted.
Around December 1970, I painted this one, which I will admit up front, it was meant to be decorative, as Bobbi had blue chairs in the dining area, and a straight line blue couch. After the canvas was stretched, it was painted on the garage floor. It was meant to combine both Mark Rothko type areas, with Jackson Pollock drip lines. All of that was the coated over before it was completely dry, with paint thinner.
This first piece for this new page for retro works has a story behind it, and was used to illustrate a poem about a painter’s commission. It was found years later. It was donated to the American Cancer Society Discovery Store, in Fresno California on February 13, 2017. I hope it sells well there for the worthy cause of fighting cancer.
Now, for the reminder of any other works placed here, later, at some point everything is retro, I think it is a laugh of some sort, because of the nature or history of the phrase “RETROACTIVE SHOW.”
Below is “First Oil Painting.” It was a paint by number from a kit given from mom. There may be thousands of this scene done, a sort of English landscape. The hoot is, one can see that I never “stayed inside the lines.”