Thursday, April 27, 2017

Women in Stone Show Opens First Thursday

“Women in Stone”
Robert Canaga
Last year we took a trip to Ireland. The first day, while my wife was at work, I went to one of my all-time favorite museums, the National Gallery only to find HUGE storm damage had closed all but two galleries.


Sean Scully was having a small show in the rotating gallery space they had set up. I had seen his work off and on over the years but never thought much of it. This time I had a viseral reaction to it. I disliked it on many levels: dead colors, sameness of mark, quaility of the paint.
I walked through 5 times making sure I was not just in a bad mood but the looks on the guards faces told me they agreed.

In the next room were photos he had done  of the rock fences and walls on Aran Island. These were the begingings of his paintings and they impressed me.

We left the east and drove up to Sligo for a few days, then down to Glin on the Shannon River. I took pictures of wall, fences, burial mounds, city walls, and just about anything made of rocks all along the way.
On a day trip to Limerick I saw a wall made of white rock with brick where a fireplace had been.
 
The shape and color reminded me of a figure. When I got home I went through some of my recent files and found photos of models and began inserting them in to the rock photos.


The result pleased me so I hired models and finished the series you see here.













Act 4 Scene 7, Queen Gertrude reports that Ophelia had climbed into a willow tree (There is a willow grows aslant the brook), and the branch had broken and dropped Ophelia into the brook, where she drowned. Gertrude says that Ophelia appeared "incapable of her own distress."

My show opens on First Thursday in Portland Oregon at 5:30 at BodyWise, 12th and Lawrence.

I hope you enjoy them.

All work is in an edition of 50.

Monday, April 3, 2017

SOLD! Older Painting, 1998, For Sale

An older painting done in 1998. "Year of the Horse" 48x48 on canvas. I used thin mixtures of oil and pigment in layers adding iridescent pigments throughout. The couple who purchased it moved from a large walled condo to a Craftsman Bungalow with no large walls. So it sits complaining in my studio, as it is so far removed from my new work it is hard to show. $2500 is what my canvases cost now for this size. $1500 will give it a new home.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Painting

"Clover Field: Carlton, Oregon" Oil and wax on linen, 48x48, $2890

Monday, March 6, 2017

Slash



My newest work, "Slash", 38x42 oil and wax on linen. This will be on display at INEUGENE in April.

Frank Okada's RED

  This is Frank Okada's RED. Frank came in to the bookstore one day in 1992 and we started talking about reds. We played with paint right out of the tube, mixing and sampling. Then Frank took a bit of Alizarin Crimson, Napthol Red, and Cad Red Light each (all M.Graham) and mixed them up. We both smiled and he said "OK, 15 tubes a Alizarin, 20 tubes of Napthol, and 15 tubes of Cad Light" 
He had done a series of red paintings back in the mid '80s and was looking for THAT red. He may have forgotten the formula and was trying to find it. He found it. Frank's work can be seen all over the northwest in museums and collections, such as Horizon House in Seattle, where I am also collected.
I am constructing a new painting using Frank's RED now. 
This is a detail from a 38x42 oil and wax on linen work that is very close to DONE.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Women in Stone


“Women in Stone”
Robert Canaga
Last year we took a trip to Ireland. The first day, while my wife was at work, I went to one of my all-time favorite museums, the National Gallery only to find HUGE storm damage had closed all but two galleries.
Sean Scully was having a small show in the rotating gallery space they had set up. I had seen his work of and on over the years but never thought much of it. This time I had a visceral reaction to it. I disliked it on many levels: dead colors, sameness of mark, quality of the paint. 
I walked through 5 times making sure I was not just in a bad mood but the looks on the guards faces told me they agreed.


In the next room were photos he had done  of the rock fences and walls on Aran Island. These were the beginnings of his paintings and they impressed me.
We left the east and drove up to Sligo for a few days, then down to Glin on the Shannon River. I took pictures of wall, fences, burial mounds, city walls, and just about anything made of rocks all along the way.
On a day trip to Limerick I saw a wall made of white rock with brick where a fireplace had been.

The shape and color reminded me of a figure. When I got home I went through some of my recent files and found photos of models and began inserting them into the rock photos.

The result pleased me so I hired models and finished the series you see here.
I hope you enjoy them.
All work is in an edition of 50.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Going to be a Great Year

So far this year one of my favorite photos and two paintings have sold, and it looks like more will sell by the end of the week.
The show will be up at Oregon Wine LAB until the end of February.
"Glimpse"
I have shows at Saginaw Vineyards and INEugene in April then in May the Saginaw show continues and I hang a show at Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg and the Women in Stone show at Bodywise in Portland.