What The Festival this year was great. I must have put in 50 hours of painting despite the cold and rain. Saw some good music and was able to interact with so many amazing people. Next year I want to get a dome. The weather is a bit of a challenge. These three paintings are just beginning. I have them in the studio now and will post the changes and finished product later. Each piece is four feet by six feet on panel. I each piece was mono color in the beginning. The blue painting is the only one I have introduced color into.
soldier making angels
oil on wood panel
Just finishing up a painting from last year. I was in Mexico for six months and it was waiting for me when I returned. It was easy to see what needed to happen with the long break. At the same time I am listening to a new book. It seems to fit the mood of my painting at the moment and I love the steam punk sci-fi philosophical prose. The story seems to be flowing in the direction of creating a parallel world where automatons exist and a weapon has just been created that can destroy or remake the world and there are mechanical golden bees as the delivery system. A good read or listen.
“Joshua Joseph has no real hatred of modern technology - he just mistrusts the effortless, texture less surfaces, and the ease with which it trains you to do things in the way most convenient to the machine. Above all, he mistrusts duplication. A rare thing becomes a commonplace thing. A skill becomes a feature. The end is more important than the means. The child of the soul gives place to a product of the system....For anything really important, Joe prefers something with a history, an item which can name the hand which assembled it and will warm to the one that deploys it. A thing of life, rather than one of the many consumer items which humans use to make more clutter; strange parasitic devices with their own little ecosystems.”
― Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker