This composition has been in my dreams for a few weeks, thinking about winter sunlight, and the play of yellow, blue and grey.
A different part of the lake.
A gouache and watercolor New Years painting of a lagoon in the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on New Years Day 2021. So wonderful to have the ability to be in the forest for a while, thinking about the light, the color and the possibilities for the coming year.
I had more time to go back and finish this up today. It is a gorgeous spot, in a park in Wilton Manors, FL, on the site of the original house of this Island City in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale. A peaceful respite from the city and cars, here in the river are ducks… Continue reading Middle River Afternoon
This tiny painting was made to work out the composition for a larger painting, still in progress. I always love these small works. No pressure and they can be more gestural and free.
This is one of my favorite places near our cabin. I painted this as it was snowing and everything was in a kind of suspension.
I think about light and color, how they are manifestations of the same phenomenon, how they make me feel, all the time. I think I’m probably obsessed with the subject. It has played out in my work as a lighting designer in the theater, and it comes up here in my painting and drawing. These… Continue reading Morning Shade
there is an amazing ukranian catholic church that was built in 1969 near our place in the catskills. The building was built with 12×12 rough hewn beams without any joinery and we always love seeing it. It is on Route 23a in Hunter, NY. Here is my painting of this structure.
I had the chance to work plein air today. It was incredibly clear, but also cold on this crisp December afternoon. I had begun another work (still in progress) and thought to go home, but the car would not start. I had to call AAA and wait for a bit. To make sure that the… Continue reading Schoharie Creek December Afternoon
This wonderful store in Austin, TX sells queer themed vintage and new books, magazines and clothing. Now through the holidays, they are holding a queer art show and they are selling 5 of my works. Check them out, and the work of other artists from around the country: https://thelittlegayshop.com/search?q=clifton