Improvisations b, 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 31:
"Lighthouse b"

Oil on Canvas

24" x 48"

Improvisation 32:
"Lighthouse c"

Oil on Canvas

30" x 70"

Improvisation 33:
"Loring Park Sky"

Oil on Canvas

80" x 60"

Improvisation 34:
"Northern Lights"

Oil on Canvas

80" x 50"

Improvisation 35:
"On the Other Side of the Hill"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 60"

Improvisation 36:
"Lightning"

Oil on Canvas

36" x 24"

Improvisations 37:
"Sailboats"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisations 38:
"Hut Study"

Oil on Canvas

22" x 18"

Improvisations 39:
"Tree Study a"

Oil on Canvas

22" x 18"

Improvisations 40:
"Tree Study b"

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

Improvisations 41:
"Tree Study c"

Oil on Canvas

22" x 18"

Improvisations 42:
"Tree Study d"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisations 43:
"The Tree in the Park where the hore Sleeps Sometimes"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Improvisations 44:
"Beach at Night"

Oil on Canvas

50" x 80"

Improvisations 45:
"Thomas Cromwell and the King"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 24"

Improvisations 46:
"Saint George and the Dragon"

Oil on Canvas

36" x 40"

Improvisations 47:
"Waterspout"

Oil on Canvas

20" x 60"

Improvisations 48:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 24"

Improvisations 49:
"Untitled"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"