I worked really hard on this photo. I twisted and pulled, pushed and added. I tried to stuff a square peg through that tented hole in the wall, figuratively speaking. It didn’t work. I really enjoyed working with this image but it won’t become part of my portfolio. I feel that it is missing a touch of the magic that I expect from my artwork nowadays.
I’m sharing this piece, even though it’s not a portfolio piece because it’s a potent one. An important one. It’s the first sunset of 2018 and firsts are really important to me.
There are no redos on firsts. There won’t be another chance to make the most of this day. There will always be seconds and thirds and redos and next attempts. New Years is a reset. All the dials spin back to start and the first day of the year affords me a moment to set the pace in a new way.
This year I am calling a different cadence. I’ve added art nudes to my repertoire. A move I’ve been afraid to make until now. Have you seen Nude 1 yet? This year I’m doing art shows with Sotheby’s in the spring, RMG’s Art Santa Fe mid-summer, and Vancouver’s Harmony festival. I’m planning huge art installations and taking aim at Asia.
I am also entangled in writing three books and am committing myself to a hundred thousand words this year. NakedThoughts (volume one, a mini release, is out) is a crazy diary of sorts. It's a collection of vignettes written as I traveled. The Wind Prince - an epic fantasy novel which I fantasize that I'll finish before I die. Lastly, Dream Daggers and Imaginary Friends, a collection of stories, created from my dreams almost verbatim.
Back to the Last Light. I’ll return here, a place in Oregon I fondly misname “Devil’s Anus” even though it’s more than six hour’s drive for me. I envision a panoramic photograph with light spilling like liquid alongside tumultuous waves during a rising tide. There will be precious few opportunities to make this this year. The tide, weather, and wind all need to be right for this. If they are all right, together they will create a very dangerous shoot location. I’ll have only a precious few moments to capture the scene before the tides traps me, putting me and my gear (especially my gear) at risk. It may be years before I get the chance to create shot I want.
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Thank you for your interest in my work. A very special Thanks! To those of you who are my collectors and those of you who go to bat for me every day. You all assure me that I am not crazy, or -at least- that I’m not crazy and alone.