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A friend of mine suggested that it would be a good idea to show some of my older pieces feeling that much of what I had painted in the past can still be enjoyed.  So, short of putting everything up I thought a small sample would do.  Here it is.

Joseph Dawson, oil   Joseph Dawson, oil 2Joseph Dawson, oil 3  Joseph Dawson, oil 4 Joseph Dawson, oil 5

When I painted these, I used quick drying mediums, cotton canvasses and soft flat brushes, building up my paintings in a manner closely resembling that of an Alla prima painter. (Alla prima means “at once”, a painting style that is done in a quickly-executed wet-into-wet fashion for faster results)

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self portrait

I painted this when I was at a loose end.  I wanted to paint someone and having no one but myself around at the time, I thought it might be instructive to do a self portrait.

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small_corner_studio

This corner of my studio is where most of my painting gets done; not that I’m in the habit of working by candle light mind you- It was days end when I took this photo and by that time (Imagine any late hour you like) I’ve usually faced whatever I’ve been working on towards the wall (well, the bookcase really) before settling down to read or perhaps enjoy some podcast or other – The H.P. Lovecraft LiteraryPodcast and A Podcast to the Curious ( mood lighting is absolutely necessary here) being current favorites of mine.

Memento_Gorey_blog

The above painting – Memento Gorey -was done in oils ( my preferred medium for oh so many reasons) : please note the cat bounding towards the oil lamp.

The first time I saw anything like Gorey’s art was when I was a child.  There I’d be, legs crossed and upright on the floor, as close to the television as my parents would allow while they, sitting behind me on the couch, settled in to watch Masterpiece Mystery Theatre.  The show itself held little enough interest for me but that comfortably macabre black and white animation that inaugurated the proceedings held me enthralled ( and still does – croquet in the rain, falling masonry, giant urns.  Brilliant!)

Here it is:   Theme from “Mystery!”

amphigorey

gorey_cat

Here is a photograph of all the Amphogorey(s) I’ve got (and a picture of the cat that served as a kind of creative germ).  The books are not terribly collectable but that just means I’m free to enjoy them all the more.  It’s nice to see a well loved book on the shelves.

Incidentally, the painting in the header: Writers Block, oh the Horror! – another oil painting of mine – sums up the occasional uncertainty I feel when I have to commit my thoughts to paper *ahem* and so I thought it an appropriate enough image.

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