My daughter and I would ride or bicycles here when she was very young. We enjoyed the quiet and the chats we had. I always told her that I wanted to get used to the place sort of as a joke. Yesterday I picked the location to paint plein air and I found this spot just to the left of Cole Porters grave site. The wind was brisk and cold and my paint was gelling because of the cold and the drying lack of humidity in the air, therefore the brilliant blue sky and washed out shrubbery and ground. I look at this piece and think recall those bike rides with appreciation.
Charlie Spear was born in 1948 in the Midwest. The era of Modern Art was in full swing with the Sixties generating an artistic smorgasbord of art styles and new media. Much of his early career was spent learning about art through teaching art. His imagery grew out of early television and graphic media. Spear paints both as a landscape painter and an abstractionist which characterizes his ecclectic tendencies. Philip Guston has had an influence on his art of recent. Exploring the art media's physical qualities is an important element in his style coupled with an atavistic love of an expressionistic drawing style. The result is a charged surface of automatic line energy and raw cartoon color expressionism.
His work is a reflection of...
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