Jacob’s Ladder / Night Climb
Acrylic and Ink on Watercolor paper 14″ x 11″
Jacob did not climb the ladder but saw a vision of angels moving up and down the steps between heaven and earth. On waking he exclaimed that “Surely God is in this place, and I knew it not.” This image is a visual reminder for me that God is always present whether we know it or not.
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas – 30″ x 40″
Each new day we greet is an open door to new possibility, renewed potential and hope. Whether we consider ourselves as artists or not we each create in our own way. It is the beauty of our creating that stands as witness to our entering into fully and accepting the gift we are given each new day.
Hidden in My Heart
48″ x 50″ (click image to enlarge)
There are numerous glyphs hidden in this painting of multiple layers and multiple mediums, including oils, acrylics, various pigments in pouring medium and spray enamel. What is also hidden is the painting underneath, since this is a re-purposed canvas which was once a designer decorative canvas of the Garden Ridge variety that I salvaged for higher purposes. The title also speaks to the truth of scripture which I have hidden in my heart.
Blood for Oil
20″ x 16″ oil on canvas
Continuing the review of political paintings is BLOOD FOR OIL. I am a self taught artist, but I have taken the occasional workshop. This painting was done after a workshop I took taught by Ann Cushing Gantz. I was very excited to learn from her, not only because she was such an excellent artist, but because she had studied under Hans Hoffman.
11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas. Part of the “Dancing Paint” series.
I chose this piece to commemorate Father’s Day because it reminded that my father, Rev. Sam O’Toole was not only a great dad, my best friend, spiritual mentor, and pastor; he was also one of my High School teachers. Dad returned to college when I was in my first year of high school to finish his master’s degree in political science. When I was a senior he was maximizing that degree by getting his teacher’s certificate. As a senior, I had my father as a student teacher in my U.S. Government course. Oddly enough, my father being one of the teachers in my school, actually increased my street cred. Go figure.
Like all politics, NEO-POLITICAL is not all black & white. There are shades of gray, and of course you always get a little blood in the mix.
PERCEPTION SHIFT marked my return to the medium of oil pastels. I decided to use paper I had made myself by recycling paper headed to the bin. I found the texture very beautiful, but very difficult to blend the oil pastels on. This type of painting is probably the most physically demanding I have encountered, which makes the results even more rewarding.
DETAIL of TOP
DETAIL of MIDDLE
DETAIL of BOTTOM
PRAYER LANGUAGE – 60″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas painting
This piece gets its textured surface from numerous layers of palette knife work applied over the graffiti styled glyphs. These glyphs were written with the canvas sitting in landscape mode though the design and intent were for them to reach toward heaven as in a prayer