Blue Bar: Critical Mass, 2013

Blue Bar: Critical Mass, 2013
oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Where to start a story of ones painting life when it has been a continuum is a challenge. I choose this somewhat arbitrarily as it is from a good time in my life. I had been living in the ‘upper’ Tenderloin in San Francisco, working several jobs downtown and teaching in Santa Rosa.

I walked everywhere (except driving to Santa Rosa). My sketchbook drawings were mostly filled with bar drawings, while my studio paintings were of a ‘wandering table’ series. This painting captures both the bar and the table, along the spatial concepts I have been exploring over the years.
Flat and brushy fields of color (blue!) with elements suggesting architectural space.