Improvisations a, 1997-1998

The improvisation is completely honest work, because it cannot lie. The improvisational works an artist completes exposes the work of his character, sense of being, and mastery of his relationship with his chosen medium. It is a means to come to a logical understanding of ones disposition, revealing to the artist the implications following his thoughts. Improvisation is the best means to train the oil painters natural ability for composition because it immediately teaches the artist to be bold and balanced.

It is not just the act of painting an improvisational work of art; it is the acts of repetitive improvisational thoughts which allow the abstract oil painter to come to a level of trust and comfort in their own intuitive nature. As time progresses, the oil painter will become at ease with his first thoughts and strengthen those initial ideas as actions learned from the practice of improvisational works.

The abstract oil painter should study improvisation all his life. However, he must not confuse his improvisational works of art for complete works. Although each improvisational painting may be a great work of art, the improvisation is an incomplete idea that has yet to go through the discipline of editing and should not be its own ends. An improvisational oil painting finds its usefulness merely in its act of doing, and leads one to the study of composition and the resolution of the complicated relationship an artist has with his medium.

Improvisations 1:
"Minneapolis"

Oil on Canvas

80" x 50"

Improvisation 2:
"Beach"

Oil on Canvas

50" x 80"

Improvisation 3:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

70" x 30"

Improvisation 4:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisation 5:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisation 7:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisations 8:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisations 9:
"Orange Stripes"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisations 10:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisations 11:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisations 12:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 22"

Improvisations 13:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisations 14:
"White Stripes"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 40"

Improvisations 15:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisations 16:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisations 17:
"Gold Stripes"

Oil on Canvas

22" x 18"

Improvisations 18:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 24"

Improvisations 20:
"Wine Label"

Oil on Canvas

60" x 36"

Improvisations 21:
"with Scratches"

Oil on Canvas

50" x 50"

Improvisations 22:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 60"

Improvisations 23:
"At the Opera"

Oil on Canvas

50" x 50"

Improvisations 24:
"Studio"

Oil on Canvas

50" x 50"

Improvisations 25:
"Squid City"

Oil on Canvas

36" x 36"

Improvisations 26:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisations 27:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisations 28:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 24"

Improvisations 29:
"Honkey Tonk"

Oil on Canvas

40" x 70"

Improvisations 30:
"Lighthouse a"

Oil on Canvas

24" x 30"