During the month of December, my art will be showcased inside The Highland Cafe in Los Angeles. The opening will be TONIGHT, December 9th, as part of the NELA Art Gallery Night (second Saturday of each month) and I’ll be performing live. Come on out! FB Invite
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to let you know that I’m offering a 25% Cyber Monday discount on all of my merch. Just use the code CYMN25 at the checkout in my Store. I’ll also be throwing in a new Weird Enough sticker with each Cyber Monday order.
This piece is a return to form, back to my earlier Rothko inspired roots/works, yet with my own twist. Although a huge Rothko fan, I now wish to push the horizontal duo/trio-tone color patterns and add a third vertical dynamic, as well as more fragmented color schemes around the edges, in an attempt to perhaps offer new depth and character to the composition. I’ve been on a deep dive into Jackson Pollock’s work this past year, which is reflected in my latest run of paintings, and I feel like I’m just now coming out of that phase. Interesting story – when I first painted “Mental Photograph” I had truly no knowledge of who Mark Rothko was until a couple painter/friend’s saw my post on social media and commented that the painting reminded them of early Rothko. I said, “who’s that…?” Thus began a wonderful and frightening discovery for me. On one hand I felt very excited to naturally gravitate towards a painting style of arguably one of the greatest painters ever to live, yet at the same time was worried that people would think I was blatantly copying him. Since then, I’ve researched him deeply, visited his works in every gallery I could, and ultimately fell in love. I guess I could say the same about Pollock. Both of them have a had a profound influence on me. I’m acutely aware of trying not to replicate or copy their respective style(s). Fortunately, with time and experimentation, I believe I’ve discovered that I actually prefer the direction I’m heading in. Again, re Rothko and this latest piece, of adding a vertical element along with light touches of fragmented colors that hopefully complement. I’m still so hypnotized by the raw power of two or 3 dominant horizontal colors that complement each other and radiate a powerful and beautiful emotional feeling. It’s hard to get away from that completely. At least not for the foreseeable future. – BB
I’m super proud to release the very first episode of the new “What’s Your Story?” podcast, which I’ve created along with Chrissy Carpenter. During each episode, we’ll get an inside look at the everyday lives of some very interesting people. Listen to each of our stories in the intro episode via SoundCloud (below), iTunes or on your favorite podcast app.
You were my favorite, thanks for everything