31"x20" oil on canvas•••As I develop (change, grow, travel down this ever-winding path—insert
whatever verb or catchy phrase you like here) as an artist, I often find
there are subjects I contemplate addressing again, if only to see how I
would handle them now. Having the standard-issue frantic life with the
accompanying limited memory capacity, I rarely follow through on these
thoughts (wisps, inspirations, contemplations, whirlwinds of
inspiration, nodules of creative thought clouds—again—insert whatever
noun or phrase you like here). • The
above is one of those rare subjects. I just think it is such a cool sign
AND I almost got killed shooting the plethora of scrap I needed to do
it. ••• So, here it is again, embarrassed in globs of oil paint. •••
This painting is currently residing over at the George Billis
Gallery/LA, along with two other of my paintings. Please go check them
out if you find yourself within a reasonable distance from the gallery. I
pasted the gallery's details below for your convenience and viewing
George Billis Gallery/LA July 18 - August 22, 2015 2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034 310.838.3685 / www.georgebillis.com Summer Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
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Almost Daily Paintings by Raymond These pieces are postcard size oil paintings that I create almost every weekday. Note the caveat of "almost". There will be times when other projects or commitments (life) might interrupt the process. I hope you take the time to view the blog and enjoy these pieces as much as I enjoy making them. Oh, I also reserve the right to post other projects I may be working on, large or small. Enjoy!
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