Seated Woman

Seated Woman
Oil on Panel, 16×12″

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T F m
January 31, 2009

Another Male Nude in Winter

Nude Man with Doll
Oil on canvas, 16×12″

This is another male nude done on Saturday’s with the figure painting and drawing group. I like the strong contrasts in this and the full value range on the figure. These are small works because it’s just too difficult hauling large canvases not just up to the third floor studio but also dealing with the ice and snow. We have over 2 feet of snow on the ground right now with no hint of a thaw to melt any of it away. And who knows what else may come besides the sub zero temperatures?

T F m
January 30, 2009

Male Nude

Oil on Panel, 18×14″


This is such a handsome young man and a gifted musician too. His dreadlocks are so interesting to paint.

T F m
January 29, 2009

Colorful Fruit

Apple and Oranges
water color on masa paper, 5×7″


I am such a color freak! I had fun with this watercolor. I have been getting brain cramps thinking about more “serious work”. Sometimes I just need to play. Here is a piece of play.

T F m
January 27, 2009

Watercolor Still Life

Blue Tea Pot
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7×10.5″

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I love this tea pot. It is such a brilliant blue and it’s so reflective I can almost see the whole room in it.

T F m
January 25, 2009

Another Watercolor Painting

Watercolor on Masa Paper, 15×10″

This one of my favorite watercolor figures:

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T F m
January 17, 2009

New Painting

Dolls and Art,
Watercolor on Paper, 22×15″

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I have said that some artists make work about art and other artist make work about life. I’ve always thought that I made art about my life. Well this is a work about both.

I have made reference to ideals of feminine beauty with the dolls. The mannequin is a blank slate: mindless and easily manipulated. One is Barby-like in figure it is Impossibly slender and stereotypically feminine. The other is less slender. Both are equally mutilated: headless and limbless. With no heads, they are as blank as the mannequin.

The container of brushes is a reference to me as the artist contriving all this. Collaged into my contrivance is an image of Hans Bellmer’s dolls. He created them to be manipulated into all kinds of lascivious poses that hinted at an underlying violence. His intention was to call attention to the decadent cruelty of 1930s Germany. Using women’s bodies as a trope was common among artists of the period.

My question is why are women’s bodies the designated objects for such a metaphor? Why are women’s bodies the carriers of such meaning?

T F m
January 13, 2009

Art Directions

Tim with Magritte
Oil on Panel, 14×11

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Here is an exploratory piece for the new direction my artwork is taking. I am sick of doing self-portraits even though they have been quite successful artistically. I still want to say many of the same things regarding women, art and society. I am really very concerned about the sexualization of girls at a young age. From baby beauty pageants to MTV feeding a soft core line of bull to tweenage girls, I want to point out how this imagery exploits girls and distorts their self-image. The art world has also provided the imagery for such exploitation. So here is an opening salvo.

The image in the upper left hand corner is by Rene Magritte. It is aptly titled The Rape. The nude man is there just to give men some of the same treatment women have been getting for centuries. He is an Ornamental Figure on a Decorative Ground. Anyone with some knowledge of art history will know where that title came from: Matisse. His female figures are meant to be only that. They are not persons.

T F m
January 11, 2009