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A New Start

April 30th, 2010

A New Start

I've found myself at another crossroad. Well, to be perfectly honest, I've been right here for some time staring down at my shoes. These shoes seem to be stuck in mud. Not a pleasant situation, but one of my own making. Not to be too hard on myself, I've made some attempts to remove a shoe from time to time and make a step towards somewhere different.

In looking behind me, I can see a few steps I have taken that seem to bring me joy. Some say you can never really know where you are going until you know where you've been. Well, I'm not sure I want to dwell on where I've been, but rather decided where I want to be-who I want to be. I'm taking stock of what parts of myself I want to keep, and what parts of myself are to be considered just imprints in the road I once followed. I'm not suprised to find that music and art are such a part of me that can't be left behind. There has always been something so fullfilling in starting out with a white canvas and only moments later gazing at something that "IS" that wasn't-asking myself, "Did you really create this?"

And so here I am.

Hello to you all.

Welcome to my new start!

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Art has been one of these journeys I've enjoyed. I'm looking forward to opening myself up to new creations.

Old One A Journey

April 30th, 2010

Old One A Journey

"Old One" is my fourth installment in my series on trees. I wanted to create something more dark, something more akin to a classic horror film. I knew that I wanted to use a old tree with a large exposed root system to add to the "creepy" factor. In the process, I started to form a face, a dry withered face-sad, perhaps even haunting. The challenge was to not make the painting look like a photo overlay. Thanks to my daughter who, when I thought I was done, said it looked like a photo on top of a painting of a tree. Great to have a live-in critic, eh? I stared at "Old One" only to realize that I had indeed missed the mark. Something was missing. I spent another few hours working to add more texture and shadow.

I'm happy to say, this is better......I guess kids are useful after all :)

Sakura

April 29th, 2010

Sakura

"Sakura" is Japanese for the cherry blossom. You may have noticed that I added the kanji symbol for sakura "桜" above my signature. I discovered that kanji, the Japanese written language, is a way of explaining the "meaning behind" a word, not the sound of a word. 桜 describes the cherry blossom as a beautiful woman wearing a hair ornament. 木 is the symbol for "tree" and 女 the symbol for woman, and finally ッwhich refers to the ornament on her head that makes her very pretty. I found this to be a romantic way of describing a tree's blossoms.

About the process-the final product-I was leaning towards bold colors but something just wasn't right. I tried to tone down colors. It was when I started to experiment with no color at all then pulling some color back into the piece that I felt I was headed in the right direction. This, as all my artwork, is very different than what I had thought it would be-I'm glad that the work itself has a mind of its own:)

The new Brew

April 27th, 2010

The new Brew

I was browsing some recently sold artwork when I stumbled upon a painting entitled "Deep Red" by Deborah Hudd. I really enjoyed her artwork. In fact, all the paintings of some Jazz legends inspired me to create this new piece, "Brew". For those who know Miles Davis, you should recognize the title from his fusion work, "Bitches Brew". This experience is, once again, an example of starting in one direction and ending up somewhere completely different.

I started out by re-working an earlier piece, "Blow". I felt that is never had really come together the way I wanted. I liked the texture of the piece, but didn't much care for the center figure. Honestly, it looked like I had just slapped the image on top of another painting. And that is what I did-which goes against how I do my paintings.

As I took apart the piece, I decided to use Miles Davis as my main thematic element-being recently inspired by Deborah's paintings (see above). It wasn't until I deconstructed "Blow" that it became apparent I was working on a completely new work. I worked a great deal in getting the texture and colors right. Looking over the piece to "put a name to my work" I realized that the painting had a raw elemental quality to it-things under the earth. The red reminded me of volcanic activity, hot lava, and heat. Then "Brew" popped into my head.

So there ya go....

First POD sale

April 26th, 2010

First POD sale

I was thrilled that someone purchased "24" Someone in Texas loves NASCAR!

New Logo Old Logo

April 26th, 2010

New Logo Old Logo

You might have noticed that my header has changed. Several years ago I decided to create a company identity from which to produce my artwork and music. I came up with the name "Joesimple". As a child, I was really into the peanuts, and later in life-Joecool, Snoopy's alter-ego. I didn't see myself as "cool", but average. Just a regular joe. That said, it seemed like a good name. It certainly got people asking questions.

Years later, and in a different season of my life, I'm shedding parts of myself that no longer work-this includes the old name and logo. I decided this time around to just use my name. Keep it truly "simple". So why the "JS"? Much of my old work was signed "joe" or "JS". I am still signing my work this way (now more my own personal inside joke). I've included a part of the old logo to bring some connection to the new logo. My wife thinks it looks like a dollar sign....oh well :)

Past Life-New Painting

April 15th, 2010

Past Life-New Painting

I've created my first piece of artwork in so many years, "Past Life". The main thematic element is a tree. I've found my life to be accidental, and although I strive to change this, perhaps I shouldn't be all to quick to do so. (Well, not entirely anyway). I chose the tree because of a contest I saw on FAA-but what I didn't notice was the contest had been over for several months. I've created my first new painting as I try to make a new start-all from a mistake. I'm grateful for the irony.

 

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