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Man/Son: the Haunting of the American Madonna-a series by David Van Gough

Rise – 30″ x 40″ | Oil on canvas Here it is, the full measure of the Man/Son showcase, a months work -the culmination of a years research, of which seven of the pieces were completed in two weeks. I’ve sworn never to undertake such a task again. Please follow and like us:

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Bad Vibes painting by David Van Gough

This piece is called Bad Vibes, and is something of a key for the series I suppose. Its the final piece, and although I’m a day from calling it a day-or at least a month, I could argue that the quagmire of madness and festering research, that surrounds the Manson case will never end. Please […]

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Bad Vibes

This piece is called Bad Vibes, and is something of a key for the series I suppose. Please follow and like us:

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Hell to Skelter

It peaked 106° here on Friday, at least outside-in the studio I’ve been running a fever-a temperature akin to the lava flow of a volcano on the surface of Mercury. I’ve been living, eating and breathing the work. Please follow and like us:

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Conspiracy fever

Amongst the works in progress, I’m realizing there’s a very real path to madness in conspiracy. You begin to seek spurious connections and make irrational equations in everything. Please follow and like us:

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Livin’ devil may care

It’s a sneak peak wip for what will be the pivotal ‘Healter Skelter’ piece for Octobers show, and at times it’s felt I’m on a downward spiral. Please follow and like us:

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Last days of Summer

It’s over a month away, and I just took a week off the grid camping in Utah, playing at polygamy, hiking the kind of terrain the Mars rover would photograph,and drinking warm three percent proof wine on warmer night’s.  Please follow and like us:

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Sharons Back

It’s still wet, and the light is casting a glare, but I think ‘Pig’ is almost done. I kept it loose and raw, sometimes scoring into the wet paint with toothpicks or the end of the brush. Please follow and like us:

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Arise

Despite best efforts, Rise cannot rise to the occasion until it dries. I think it’s the new organic turps I’ve been using, it’s like a drying retardant, which would be fine except the snails pace makes it feel like it’s still 2011. Please follow and like us:

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There’s no angels

Each Solstice, I try to make a concession-or antidote- to the sentiments of the season, and create limited edition cards for my friends. This year being no exception, here is a drawing entitled ‘There’s no angels’ that shall be gracing mantles across the country. Please follow and like us:

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Death and the Maiden drawing by David Van Gough

Death and the Maiden 9″ x 9″ Felt tip pen on paper Please follow and like us:

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The difference between oil and water

For me, a painting never really comes to life until I paint it in oils-it doesn’t fight with me in quite the same way that acrylics do. Please follow and like us:

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