Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Dream beneath Trees, 36"w x 48"h, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood 2018

The Dream beneath Trees, 36"w x 48"h, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2018
Oh, I want to paint more like this...and more paintings in this dream. I see so much dirt and mud...silt and brown mixed with minerals and metals. Bits of grit reflecting color. And water flowing... It's everywhere down here ...and The Mississippi is a stones throw away. Huge Live Oaks everywhere. Some of these trees have been estimated to be 800 years old.

Princess Saffron and the Queendom of Satsuma, 36"w x 36"h

Princess Saffron and the Queendom of Satsuma, 36" x 36", acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2018
Having fun making up stories around paintings, without going into a story with beginning, middle and end. The viewer, I suppose can follow a storyline of their own. I am tempted though...to make this into a book.
  I am going to. I just made up my mind to...a challenge to myself.
While here now in New Orleans...I am surrounded by beautiful architecture, traditions and culture from so many sources...Caribbean, African, French, Spanish, English and American. 300 years of history felt and seen in Nola....It is very easy to engage with all of this flavor and conjure up or brew up an interesting Soup. Stories fall out of the sky and hit you on the head every day.

An unspoken, hopeful gesture, 36" x 36"An unspoken, hopeful gesture

An unspoken, hopeful gesture, 36" x 36", acrylic & mixed media on canvas, copyright Andrew Portwood 2018
As of late, I have taken on some part time work for two reasons...to add some consistent flow of income ., and to get around people...That is to have more social interaction. When you paint and draw and work from the source of your own mind, you can get trapped in there. Living inside of your own head and solitude is wonderful, and better for some individuals than others, and I have always enjoyed my time...solitude to think and work...but real life requires balance...and this includes people in our lives. My analogy for this is a submarine exploring regions of deep water, using Sonar. Sending out beeps and receiving echos and beeps bouncing back in order to navigate in the dark and the deep. Same in life...you need feedback to better orient yourself and receive source for better health and happiness. So, the search and work goes on. Still painting and moving forward, and maybe breaking some of my own personal artistic barriers in the process.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

More figure abstraction, Reception, 36" x 36"

Reception, 2017, 36" x 36",acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Angels...still a work in progress

Still working on this one...but I thought it would be a nice image for the season. Yes, I believe in Angels


Angels, 36"w x 48"h, acrylic and collage on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First painting since I got to NOLA

Ride All Day for 3, 24" x 24", mixed media & collage on wood panel, Andrew Portwood copyright 2017



Well, I did it. I moved to New Orleans and set up shop in an apartment right on the Streetcar line. Crazy?, Impulsive? Yes. You only live once you know. I found a job in grocery produce and I paint the rest of the time...Learning my way around this beautiful city and trying to find my niche and a place to hang my artwork creations. Here is a new painting inspired by my new surroundings...Here is a hint: I ride the streetcar everyday :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tis' the season to paint...


Monumental Purple  40" x 40" , acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016

Starting to paint again and feeling centered. When I have a stretch of time...and especially if I know that snow is in the forecast...I can suspend time and "get to it". Otherwise...life's demands prohibit such an indulgence.
But is it an indulgence? No....it is like breathing- it is my identity....It just doesn't fit in with everyone else and their agenda or schedule.... which brings up the next subject; loneliness. So painting is an indulgence (or obsession) that brings me internal happiness and gratification, yet keeps me isolated and somewhat lonely and poor. But when I'm ahead of the game and have sold some paintings... and my bills are payed and I feel good about my work and direction...It's euphoric and completely makes sense. I am feeling blessed today and living in the present.

Note to Self :  Stop thinking about it. Believe in yourself, work and go with the flow.

The Arena  40" x 40" , acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016


Monday, July 18, 2016

abstract figurative


Song of Saints, 36"w x 48"h, 2016, Acrylic & mixed media collage on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016


Song of Saints, detail, 36"w x 48"h, 2016, Acrylic & mixed media collage on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Song of the Blue Tree


Song of the Blue Tree, 2016, 48"w x 48", acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016


Kings & Tall Ships, 2016, 30"w x 40"h, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016


Color Pile, 2016, 30"w x 40"h, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016

inspired by the summer light of night time...



Downtown Party Girls, 2016, 30"w x 40"h, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016



Loosening up



Cochella Girl, 2016, 36" x 36", acrylic on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016


Lemon Cake, 2016, 36" x 36", acrylic on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016


By the Stream, 2016, 48" x 48", acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016


Mary Town Chase, 2016, 48" x 48", acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016



Some new paintings



Painted Fields, 2016, 48"W x 60"H, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blue Twilight, 36" x 36"

Blue Twilight, 36" x 36", acrylic & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2016

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Painting

 This is a new painting that I think I have completed, or arrived at some resolve. I think I am going to make some more like this...I like the background at the top...I got loose with some acrylic housepaint...
Three beautiful women in the Park, 2015, 30" x 48" acrylic & mixed media on canvas,
Andrew Portwood copyright 2015

Three beautiful women in the Park, Detail 2015, 30" x 48" acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 
Andrew Portwood copyright 2015

more observations from number 1156

After drawing and painting and making illustrations these past 50 years (since childhood), I have been thinking about major influences...both visual input and emotional experiences that shape one's output of expression....and one that comes to mind is my sensory experiences of being in church. All of the sensations ;sound, space, prayer, energy, people, love. ...and stained glass. We (my family up-bringing) are Episcopalians and I have experienced some beautiful church interiors throughout my lifetime. St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta...built in 1906 is, and has been our family church for years and I have spent hours staring at the beautiful figures & stories depicted in stained glass..as well as the main altarpiece - an oil painting "The Good Shepard Mural" by Edwin Howland Blashfield shown here:

The Good Shepard Mural, approx 1906, Edwin Howland Blashfield
 These images take root from an early age and shape an artists creative output in my opinion.
To this day, I can see these early influences in my own work.

Friday, July 3, 2015

blue painting


Blue Trinity
, 30" x 40", acrylic on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Twins, "day and night"

Day and Night, 2013, 12" x 16", monotype on Rives paper, Andrew Portwood copyright 2015

My Twins

It boils down to observation, emotion…and a visit from the “muse” for the flow of a makers or artists creativity . The ancient Greeks say the inspiration or “muse” will only visit your house if you are already busy trying…i.e…“god helps those who help themselves”…or the physical law: “An object in motion stays in motion” and Goethes famous truth …“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it“… all truisms indeed, one action leads to another action intuitively I think. The hard part is combining creative with the pragmatic actions necessary for a business.  “You have to put down the brush and build the bus that takes the art to the mart “..that’s my own quote !

My “twins” co-exist…or try to harmonize.

 My “Twins”,  one being creative, ..the other being pragmatic, are trying to get the job done …and I, or “we” admire the ultimate jugglers and multi-taskers out there because my “twins” can’t work in the same room together. They work separately, one at a time.  That’s the challenge right now.

Making the work is a process which I am familiar with…when it’s firing on all cylinders…it borders on euphoria. ..but the other…; inventory, marketing, cataloging, photographing the work, how is the best way to present this…thinking in a “physical problem solving practical mode“…efficiency?..,that  comes from another part of my brain. Don’t get me wrong… I am enjoying this…I’m in a good place trying to figure this out.  It resembles the life I had when I was a free-lancer….it’s entrepreneurial. I now have a home base to place my work and I , or “we” are learning new things everyday…

Thursday, June 11, 2015

new large painting

Prayer Trees, 40" x 40", acrylic, collage & mixed media on canvas, Andrew Portwood copyright 2015