Saturday, May 8, 2010

Untitled Wet Paint!!

So this week's wet paint is seriously competiting as one of my all-time favorites.  Click on it and look at the detail (or non-detail).  Detail you THINK you see but really don't--the wrinkles in curtains, the reflections on the windows of the car, the lamppost.  Just so cool how one stroke creates the illusory detail that we think we see.   Anyway, after you've taken a minute to drool over this painting, we have to talk about one of Doug's biggest "hang-ups" if you will, in creating such a masterpiece!!

16 x 20

Ya ready?  Seriously . . I don't want to rush you if you're not done ooo'ing and ahhhh'ing.  Okay.  Well, I'm going to fill you in on one of Doug's little hang-ups.  

Naming the paintings has always been one of Doug's favorite parts of the painting process.  


No.  He hates it.  

When we are out painting,  I love how I say "we are out painting" hahaha I get anxious to get an image of the painting and then I say "what shall we name this one" and that's where the eyes glaze over and smoke starts to come out of his ears!  haha  That's when the fun goes OUT of painting.  Especially coming up with a name that hasn't been used before.  And let's not be too clever or funny, for heaven sakes!  There are a few of the duplicates that have given us some heartburn on occasion . . . Roadside.  I mean, boy, so many paintings were painted on the side of the road.  I suggest "Bill's Farm" or "Prairie Lane" but no, let's go with "Roadside."  Hmmmmm.  I like that, I usually say.  haha 

Well imagine Doug's excitement when he gets an invite to be part of an "Untitled Show."  You paint the painting, let the public give it a name!  Doug is so all over it.  This painting is going to the "Untitled" show which will be very fun and interractive with both artists and YOU!!  It is sponsored by the Utah Art's Council and an artist of whom we both admire and adore, Brad Slaugh, was chosen to be the curator of the show.  He has chosen 30 fabulous artists to submit an untitled painting and the public will get involved in suggesting names.  It will be held at the Rio Gallery 455 West 300 South in Salt Lake City and will run from May 13-June 10.  Opening Night will be great fun and we will be in attendance!  May 13 from 6-9 I believe.  And, if you don't know who Brad Slaugh is, well you best be googling his name!!  Now there's a guy who knows how to title a painting!  We have a couple of Brad's paintings, but one lovely piece in particular Brad titled "Doug's Ugly Kids."  Ahhhh now isn't that tender?  I'll try and get a picture of it posted next week but in the meantime, check out Brad's work.  He rocks! (He's one of our friends on facebook too!)  

So anyway, jump on here and give us some ideas for names . . .obviously, Doug came up with "The Wall" which I thought was extremely clever.  uh huh . . . Sorry honey, just couldn't hold back!

And may I take this opportunity to wish my sweetie a Happy 46th Birthday!  Yes, he and I are sharing May 9th this year as his birthday falls on MY Mother's Day!  Gosh, can't we find another day for you to celebrate your birthday???  hahaha  Just kiddin!  We will do a few of Doug's favorite things, golf and barbeque a ribeye steak and a few of my favorite things--play cards and watch basketball!!  See, how fun will that be!!

Hoping you all have a wonderful week!!  Sorry this is late - wet paint right around the corner for next week!!  I may give him his birthday OFF!!  Ahhh, I am soooo sweet!!  

Another week from my perspective . . .



  1. "Untitled"! What a great idea.

    It was difficult enough when I used to do around one painting a month. Lately I've been doing three a week and giving them names is killing me. A recent one is called "Driveway with trees". Exciting eh?

    I envy the abstract expressionists who can use titles like "Zaphod 2.5" and somehow it makes sense.

  2. It was a pleasure to meet both of you at Ogden Art Stroll-Artist and Heirlooms. Tammy and Kris are wonderful hosts, and great people. I spoke to you about my upcoming purchase, and wanted to talk more. Is it possible to call you at your listed number? or would it be easier for you, Jeanette, to call me? Great blog! Maybe your new wet paint could be called "Not the Alley" or "Fire Escape". "The Wall" should be saved for a die-hard Pink Floyd painting! Trina 801.791.3448

  3. To give a title to a masterpiece is 'tuff business', but here goes..."Hub caps in the sun". You can sure tell what clangs my bell. but it appears different strokes for different folks. Happy Mother's Day

  4. Wow! I'm such an admirer of Doug's work. I spent an hour (rushed before closing) in the Chicago Art Institute last week and didn't see anything that pleased my eye any more than Doug's paintings. Sadly, we'll be in France looking for stinky cheese during "Untitled"; our loss,

    OK, maybe not "sadly", but à bientôt at least. ;-)

  5. Isn't this the old Painted Word / Positively 4th Street? I'd call it Positively Painted, a lot of people will get it.

  6. OHHH very, very good! Congratulations!

  7. I like this painting! I would call it "Behind the Scenes". It reminds me of riding the trax and passing the buildings around 500 West. Alot of wonderful things go on behind the scenes that no one knows about, and Doug is just the guy to paint it. I like it!

  8. Prepositional phrases make the best titles like "Across the Water" or "Of the Trees" or "After the Fall". You get it. I wrack my brains too for titles but prepositional phrases work great.

    Also get yourself the Magnetic Poetry. Stick all the words on the fridge or on a steel front door and you'd be surprised how much of a poet you are and didn't know it!