Last Tuesday we embarked on a European Tour with plans to visit Paris, Bilbao, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Vienna, Berlin and finally Amsterdam.
Paris is famous for the Louvre Museum, the Eifel Tower, its food and so much more. Bilbao is famous for the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. This trip is all about art and food!
Two nights ago we ate at Le Train Blue at the Gare de Lyon, Paris. It was an amazing meal. Veal, lamb and cod with a nice Bordeaux wine and chocolate desert. After the manager gave us a tour of the kitchen and we were introduced to the chef. A fantastic event that ended after midnight.
Today we are heading to Bilbao, Spain to see the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. After Bilbao we are off to enjoy some paella, Spain’s national dish.
The painting on the easel is the 60 X 48 inch oil on canvas begun April 30 titled Prometheus Inspired. It is based on a photograph from the internet of Polish bikini fitness model Małgorzata Mączyńska with a male model. The composition is so well constructed that I chose to interpret it with minor changes and create a totally new arrangement of the background and its relationship to the figures. Changes are the cropping to the top of the female figure, opening of the figure’s mouths and the position of his left hand away from his knee. Along with the geometrical shapes in the background are details of water, wings and a fire. Prometheus was said by the Greeks to have given man fire, provoking the ire of the Olympian gods leading Zeus to have him chained to a mountain where a vulture came each night to eat his liver, which grew back each day. At the right of the painting is the still unfinished Athena’s Dilemma.
Stirred Not Shaken – The Fire Down Below, is a 30 X 40 inch oil on canvas painting I completed March 21, 2015. I spent about 35 hours total on it, making it one of the quickest I have produced in many years. It is based on the stylistic ideas I developed ten years ago in the 2005 painting titled Fireworks, which was a further development on the style of the large 1999 painting titled Satyr’s Dance. The model for the figure is a young dancer friend of mine that modeled for me in my studio last autumn. A male companion composition of the same size is in production. The twelve color limited palette used on this piece is based on that of William-Adolf Bouguereau. I chose this palette to see just how abstract and psychedelic a work could come from such a limited but perfectly balanced set of colors. It is amazing to me to see how far from his particular style one could go using the same set of paints, but using Liquin (alkyd based) as the medium, laying in numerous layers and thinking about other, more relativistic aspects, of reality.
I will be exhibiting two of my older, larger works (Traversing the Orb and The Depths II) at the Mistlin Gallery in downtown Modesto January 6 to January 30, 2015. This show is open to all new members as of the last three years. Also exhibiting interesting works in this show are my friends Carson Grubaugh, Leo Bratenas, Katinka van Dyk, Jaime Sandoval and Alex Walker. I hope to see you at the Third Thursday, January 15th, 5 to 9 pm.
I have opened a Pinterest site with some highly magnified details of a number of my paintings. I hope you will take a look at these. Some of them are detailed enough to see the paint application and canvas weave clearly.
I have reworked Spatial Trepidations and am showing three stages of the process. The painting was originally executed in acrylic in 1999 and was never finished. Because I was unhappy with the original color scheme, the grooved textural pattern and did not know how to correct it, I let it sit for 14 years. When I decided to get back to it I decided to work in oil and to completely change the look and meaning of the composition. The landscape and sky have been completely repainted, and the figures have been re-toned but are the least finished elements of the composition. The woman’s face is now more visible and her expression is one of uncertainty, and both figures express a resignation of their situation. Now I see its meaning as a reflection of our fears of the unknown and our limited understanding of the nature of existence. Our fears range from what is directly beneath our feet to the distant landscapes to the expanses of deep space. The more we know about physical reality the more mysterious it becomes. Below is its current state as of November 30, 2014. The grooved texture of the surface is what accounts for the numerous reflections in the sky. This problem will be worked out as they fill with glaze. The painting should be completed by the end of the year.
Welcome art lovers! After many months of development the Serros Studios website is finally live. I hope that you like what you see and that you will be coming back many times in the future. I have been making art for the past forty years, earned a PhD in Art History, and have taught Art and Art History at the college level for twenty-six years, so I have a lot on my mind about art. During the coming months I will be showing you my art through my eyes and taking you with me to many destinations during my sabbatical year including to Italy, Spain and France. My objectives for the next few years are to meet many new friends, expand my galleries and delve more deeply into the art domain.