Today was terrible day to paint outdoors. I nestled under a pine but it wouldn't keep the wet sleet and rain from striking and sticking on my painting board or pochade box. Finally I had to move to the car under the rear hatch. The sleet stuck and melted into the paint which was trying to freeze. Finally I was able to sue the brush end to pull the work back into some semblance What I ended up with was a very accurate presentation of the feeling of the moment.
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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