Paintings 2005-2007

I haven’t painted for years but thought I should include some from several years back. To be honest I’m not sure my years are right but I think I’m close.

Aquarius One - acrylic on canvas - 120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)
Aquarius One
acrylic on canvas
120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)

Aquarius always seemed to me to be the zodiac sign of those who love television science documentaries. The health of a community is not measured by how learned a people are but how intellectually curious they are.

Around The Corner - acrylic on canvas - 180 x 120 cm (70.87 x 47.25 in)
Around The Corner
acrylic on canvas
180 x 120 cm (70.87 x 47.25 in)

Sometimes people can not sit still because they have the belief that there is always something around the corner. The four snake like shapes are curiosity snakes.

Barriers - acrylic on canvas - 180 x 150 cm (70.87 x 59 in)
Barriers
acrylic on canvas
180 x 150 cm (70.87 x 59 in)

I feel sorry for people who are not able to feel comfortable with other people due to their own strange fears. In order to avoid spiritual, intimate, or what ever you want to call it contact they put some sort of psychic barrier in front of the other person. The barriers can appear as sharp shapes or spiky barbs. They are tied together with deflective words. The people can appear to be conversing because over time they have developed a facade of interaction.

Concept acrylic on canvas -120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)
Concept
acrylic on canvas
120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)

To be honest I am not sure what I am seeing in the work. Is it birth?

Food for Thought - acrylic on canvas -120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)
Food for Thought
acrylic on canvas
120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)

Maybe this painting belongs in a dining room?

Kowtow to the High Brow - acrylic on canvas - 120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)
Kowtow to the High Brow
acrylic on canvas
120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)

I had to look up the word “kowtow” to double check its meaning. As I worked on this I began to see artists acting in a servile manner to those who had obtained positions of potential influence. Perhaps an Ellsworth Toohey from The Fountainhead.  (Maybe my Ayn Rand reference is making me think I am some sort of high-brow.)

A Lively Conversation - acrylic on canvas - 180 x 150 cm (70.87 x 59 in)
A Lively Conversation
acrylic on canvas
180 x 150 cm (70.87 x 59 in)

As I worked on this I began to see a garrulous group of people, perhaps liberated by drink, all competing with each other to get a word in. Sometimes it could be a celebratory happy painting, sometimes a parody of humans in social settings.

Manatee - acrylic on canvas - 120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)
Manatee
acrylic on canvas
120 x 150 cm (47.25 x 59 in)

Perhaps the soft round shapes that came out as I was working on this made me see a Manatee. Manatees are wonderful creatures, large vegetarians that are apparently related to the elephant. Sometimes they can be seen in the Miami River in downtown Miami. They are amazing to watch from a bridge looking at them in the water.

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