End of year catch up – Post Italy

“MIki in his Place of Power” 16″ x 12″ oil on paper (SOLD)

After returning from Italy, I was a bit lost again, as I was the first time I went. It took me a while to figure out what to do next. I have felt a lot of loss in the second half of the year and I’ve been strongly affected by our political situation. In times like this I tend to turn inward which is kind of good for painting but not so good for relationships.

As a result of the feelings of loss, I’ve returned to a theme I didn’t feel complete with, my wife’s death four years ago. I’ve struggled with how to approach painting about it and decided to just start by doing a few paintings of the room where she died. It is also the room I spend most of my time in, aside from the studio.

The painting above, of Les’ dog, Miki was partly inspired by the idea of Places of Power, as described in Carlos Castaneda’s books. That is Miki’s power place. I don’t know if any of these paintings are finished, except for the first which sold before I had to decide.

I have regrets about how this year ended.

“Velvet Chair” 36″ x 36″ oil on linen


“Miki and the Leather Chair” 36″ x 36″ oil on linen


“Living Room Chairs” 24″ x 36″ oil on linen

9 thoughts on “End of year catch up – Post Italy”

  1. These paintings of empty room, empty chair are very moving. I started following you when your wife was still alive and these pictures say it all. They are very powerful. The pain is going to the right place. ‘Living room’ is the best painting I have seen of yours.

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  2. These paintings remind me of my realm…classical guitar….or any instrument for that matter. It is one thing to play a piece of music flawlessly but it is quite another and more moving for the piece to be played musically, flaws and all. These are musical Bill. And no, I’m not suggesting there are flaws as I know you will want to glom on to that! We need to get together for a lunch.


  3. I think you are on the right path. Your work is awesome. And knowing the back story makes them even more so! I’d love to see you on Instagram- so much less cumbersome than other formats. I think you could enjoy it. Just keep painting. Hugs to you.


  4. Hi Lucie. It’s nice to hear from you. Thank you for your kind remark. The paintings are pretty personal for me. I’m never satisfied and hope to explore this theme more. I really appreciate your comment.


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