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Jon, onehumanbeing“So, what do you do?”

“I’m an artist.”

“Really, what kind of art do you make? Do you paint?”

This is where I always pause, while my brain quickly runs through the mental catalog of the numerous art objects I’ve created over my lifetime, the wide variety…

“I do all kinds of stuff…” I usually end up replying.

If they look like they might want to hear more, I might say, “Mostly I make collages. Just about everything I do is based on collage – putting separate items together to create a new image, object, idea, sound-scape etc.”

Most people seem to go blank at this point. That’s when I throw in a new idea for them to consider, “Right now I’m focused on consciousness, and how to make art out of consciousness.”

I’m very proud of the brave people who want to find out more after that…

Introducing PORTFOLIO

PORTFOLIO from onehumanbeing.com

  • 112 Paintings
  • 98 Drawings
  • 155 Collages
  • 41 Photo Works
  • 9 Videos
  • Sound Collages – 6 albums, 7 EPs, 5 Singles and 4 Early Works

I’ve spent the last week (about 80 hours of computer time) adding work to the online retrospective show of my art since 1991. This is a major upgrade to a site I started work on in 2011 – if you visited it before you’ll find that the whole site has been extensively updated.

It’s been a very involved process, and just might be my favorite website I’ve ever built.

The PORTFOLIO is now open and ready for viewing! Continue reading

The Novel As A Long Term Creative Project

The Late Great American Novel – progress report, early January, 2013…

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I’m finding that being “in the process of writing” my first novel-sized literary construction to be an excellent way to watch the long-term (meaning anything that took longer than a couple of days to finish) creative process as it happens.

I’ve struggled with long-term projects in the past due to my mercurial attention span. But this is now, and who I was in the past doesn’t matter much if it’s not helping me out in the present, right? Now I’m into long-term projects.

Most creative projects I work on are completed relatively fast, and things like paintings are finished much too quickly to stretch the creative moment out and really examine it. This novel is giving me the time-space to really watch the process from a “bigger picture” perspective, like watching creativity in slow motion.

In some ways it’s like I’m the only person who can see into this strange alternate universe coming into being out of an amazing stream of words which have their own source somewhere beyond myself, with a gravity all it’s own, drawing in the materials which fall into it’s slowly forming orbit.

For months (October through December) the story just stopped, but in that “hold on a minute, I’ll be right back” kind of way. Meanwhile all kinds of interesting ideas, flashes of intuition and useful esoteric information has drifted across my path and provided material which will make this novel much, much better – I think…

Lately bits of new writing have been flashing through my mind, building pieces for the next part of the story. Chapter 61 is now pretty much written out in my head, and is floating around my mind like clouds heavy with water. The forecast says there’s a 70% chance of rain by this next weekend.

Until later, best of health.

Today’s Image #309

Title“An Astronaut Goes Into The Void
Dimensions
36″ x 25″
Format – 
mixed-media on sailcloth
Date
February 2011

[Available]

The black on this painting is very high gloss, and the “Astronaut who is not there” is painted with a white matte paint. The surface is covered with a collage of paper which has been painted over.

The first time I used this canvas for a painting was back in 1992 to make large painted mixed-media collage folding panels for our wedding reception in a warehouse (it still has some of the old collage on the back of it).

Since then it’s gone through the process of being several different paintings, none of which survived. Now it’s reached it’s final, saturated state, and the canvas is finally finished (except for the aging). It’s ready to go out and find it’s own way in the world.

By the way, this painting is available!

Enjoy!

Today’s Image #307

Title“Orange Interior with Blue Table
Dimensions
23.5″ x 20″
Format – 
acrylic latex on sailcloth
Date
October 10, 1998

[Available]

I did two versions of this painting – the one above, and a larger version (40″ x 34″) shown below:

These paintings are from a group of paintings called “Still Lifes and Other Interiors” – you can find more paintings from this group here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/still-lifes-and-other-interiors/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #201

Title“Passover”
Dimensions – 31.5″ x 23.5″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal on sailcloth
Date – July 1994

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Still Lifes and Other Interiors” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/still-lifes-and-other-interiors/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Note: Today is the first day of Passover – Enjoy!

Today’s Image #200

Title“The Christ Of St. John Of The Cross”
Dimensions – 37″ x 25″
Medium – acrylic latex, tissue, charcoal on sailcloth
Date – 1992

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Early Work” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/early-work/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

This painting is posted as part of my Holy Week celebration this year – Today is Good Friday (and a full moon) – Respect.

Today’s Image #199

Special Double Image Day – This painting has both a “Closed” (see above) and an “Open” (see below) display position.

Title“St. John Altar Piece”
DimensionsClosed: 49″ x 47″ – Open: 49″ x 97″
Medium – acrylic latex, mixed media on silkscreen
Date – 1992

[not available]

Before I started this painting, I first constructed it using 4 used silkscreens, each measuring 36″ x 24″ (approximately) nailed and hinged together. I then used cardboard to build-out the top part with the sun and the moon.

Throughout this piece I included a number of hidden references, and as for what happened to this piece, that will remain a mystery…

This painting is posted as part of my Holy Week celebration this year – Today is Maundy Thursday – Enjoy!

From a group of paintings called “Early Work” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/early-work/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #198

Title“The Greatest Story Ever Told”
Dimensions – 47″ x 32″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal on sailcloth
Date – August 1993

[In the collection of Michelle Harvey]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Guitars, Liquor and Cities” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/guitars-liquor-and-cities/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

This painting is posted as part of my Holy Week celebration this year -Enjoy!

Today’s Image #197

Title“A Puzzle Can Illuminate”
Dimensions – 25″ x 36″ (framed measurements – this piece is a diptych)
Medium – acrylic latex, collage, objects on silkscreen
Date – 1992

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Early Work” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/early-work/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #195

Title“Impact Head”
Dimensions – 46″ x 31″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal on sailcloth
Date – November 1993

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Pop” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/pop/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #194

Title“Reduced, $8”
Dimensions – 32″ x 24″
Medium – acrylic latex on sailcloth
Date – November 1993

[In the Doughterly-Bassett Collection]

I painted this after we had a garage sale and sold our old B&W TV for $8…

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Pop” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/pop/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #193

Title“Everywhere You Go There Is A Place”
Dimensions – 24″ x 42″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal on sailcloth
Date – July 1995

[In the collection of Walter and Karen Hanamaikai]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Guitars, Liquor and Cities” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/guitars-liquor-and-cities/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #192

Title“Dreams Of Minnesota”
Dimensions – 31.5″ x 23.5″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal on silkscreen
Date – July 1993

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting and yesterday’s painting (Live Action Liquor) are hanging together over our mantle – they make a great diptych – Enjoy!

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Guitars, Liquor and Cities” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/guitars-liquor-and-cities/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #191

Title“Live Action Liquor”
Dimensions – 31.5″ x 23.5″
Medium – charcoal, acrylic latex on sailcloth
Date – July 1993

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting has a companion piece called “Dreams of Minnesota”, which will be posted tomorrow… Enjoy!

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Guitars, Liquor and Cities” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/guitars-liquor-and-cities/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #190

Title“Guitar Construction”
Dimensions – 48″ x 36″
Medium – acrylic latex, electric cord, newspaper on cardboard
Date – April 1993

[not available]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Guitars, Liquor and Cities” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/guitars-liquor-and-cities/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #189

Title“Guitar”
Dimensions – 50″ x 36″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal on silkscreen
Date – April 1993

[not available]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Guitars, Liquor and Cities” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/guitars-liquor-and-cities/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #188

Title“Always Merry And Bright”
Dimensions – 50″ x 72″
Medium – acrylic latex, mixed media on silkscreen
Date – 1992

[not available]

…because the genius of Henry Miller has deeply influenced my life – Enjoy!

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Early Work” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/early-work/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #187

Title“A Painting For Meditation”
Dimensions – 31.5″ x 24″
Medium – acrylic latex, fabric on sailcloth
Date – 1998

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Still Lifes and Other Interiors” – you can find more paintings from this group here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/still-lifes-and-other-interiors/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Today’s Image #186

Title“In The Dream Of The Standard Pain Company”
Dimensions – 26″ x 39″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal, yardstick on sailcloth
Date – February, 1994

[In the collection of the artist]

This painting is from a group of paintings called “Line Abstracts” – you can find more painting from this series here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/line-abstracts/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.