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paintings

The images I create result from a convergence of chance, observation and wonder. They explore the eternal dance of  Yin/Yang, Light/Dark, Eros/Psyche. They help me understand who I am and why.

I offer these paintings as a sharing, with the hope that you will discover and reflect your own story in what you see.

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21 thoughts on “paintings

  1. Hi John I love your vibrant colour use and yes they do reflect the sense of mystery and magic that I too find absorbing.

    Cheers

    Kate

    • Thank you Kate – as a relative ‘beginner’ I do so much appreciate your comments – your support means a lot to me. I have looked at your work and I drowned in your sea paintings and was blown away by your use of colour and mood. You have inspired me.
      Ciao,
      John

  2. glad to see the gorgeous new additions, john.carolyn

  3. I hit a few like buttons…but you know…looking at these on a computer isn’t ideal…would love to see them in a gallery setting. I am looking forward to going through this site in more detail. I love the idea of combining images with words as you do. Your work seems to have substance behind it…something that seems to be lacking in modern day art.

    • thank you so much for your cascade of ‘likes’ and for your two comments on my drawings and paintings. I make art to share and feel great joy when I know that others have connected to my visual stories. I have followed your comments on beautyanddreams (a fave site of mine) and have liked your sensitive and thoughtful observations. You ask about the sizes of my work ummm ah I have been remiss in not including this info in my gallery and now I know I need to do this. Generally my paintings are not larger than 30×20″, although I have a couple of larger canvases, and some are much smaller. My largest drawings are 18×24″. Mostly I work at home, a one bedroom condo, so am restricted by space but I love to work large and this I can do in the studios of my local art school – after that comes the problem of where oh where to put the darn things! I look forward to exploring your site and thank you again for your supportive words.

  4. Raw, passionate, powerful! I could look at these all day.

  5. freakie stuff….love it!

  6. I can see the surrealist influence, great work!

  7. The newest post, guitar themed! Love it! It’s up on facebook actually papa!

    • Thank you Sam – as you know I am not a Face Booker so I will not experience your re-blogging; however, I appreciate you doing this. I was thinking of you as I made this drawing. Love ya – Papa…

  8. I find that your art captures the soul of the person/image. I hear echos of picasso in some of your work. There’s a painting in landscape form of a man who seems to be moving across the canvas, but I can’t find it again – I’ll continue looking. I liked the way in which you captured movement, without trying.

    • Thank you – your support means a lot to me. Yes, Picasso has been an influence in my art along with a number of other artists. I’m not sure of the painting you refer to but it may have been moved to ‘Mixed Media’ during a recent reorganization.

  9. The painting that evokes Picasso most is “Pie Rat.” The person seems so tortured – or am I projecting onto it something that may not be there? Appreciate the intensity of your work.

    • Giovanni, thank you. In my approach to art making whatever the viewer projects is as real as what I projected when I made the art. It’s all in the mind…

  10. so wonderful! Your name sounds good too Clinock CLINOCK! o I LIKE!

  11. Awesome paintings. Love your style. rlte

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