Tuesday, September 01, 2015

CREATING AS SACRAMENTAL? ... (plus work in progress)

Can creating art (or anything) be thought of as a sacramental task, sacrament through sacrament to sacrament? From the love actor through a work of loving to what appears to be an object that's really an incarnation of love, a subject. Holy, then. Mindful. Unafraid to address both the beauty and pain in life. Serving up a paschal meal, a passion play. Concrete. Embracing. Unitive despite difficulty. Into the mystic and material at the same moment. Michelangelo's "Pieta" and Van Gogh's "Starry Night." The mundane and transcendent joined. Inviting compassion. Present.

Including work in progress:
"Somali Refugees" - oil pastel painting on 12" x 19" vellum Bristol paper. (c)WR - continuing refugee and displacement theme





Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW - "MAYAN GRANDMOTHER, CHILDREN: SOUTHERN MEXICO" - OIL PASTEL PAINTING

New -- "Mayan Grandmother, Children: Southern Mexico" -- oil pastel painting on 11" x 14" vellum mixed media paper - adapted from my photo (c) 2015 Wes Rehberg




NEW -- "MAYAN CHILD, SOUTHERN MEXICO" -- OIL PASTEL PAINTING

New - "Mayan Child, Southern Mexico" - oil pastel painting on 12"x18" smooth Bristol paper - (c) 2015 Wes Rehberg - adapted from my photo --




NEW - "WAR ZONE CHILDREN" - OIL PASTEL PAINTING

New - "War Zone Children" - oil pastel painting on 12" x 18" smooth Bristol paper - expressionist - (c) 2015 Wes Rehberg (leaving it crude and messy)




Sunday, August 23, 2015

DOING ART IN MY 80th TRIP AROUND THE SUN ...

Feeling like this about creative endeavors. I’m on a path this year to my 80th birthday and what I paint and draw this time around can take whatever direction the moment leads me to, abstract or figurative, ignoring contemporary tastes, with artworks merely scrawled, or done with some finesse. I don’t have to chase success or marketing gimmicks or approval. So, the ambition then is to be true to the sensibility, the skill, the imagination, the vision.. That seems sufficient.  Image is my acrylic painting "Self-Portrait at the Abstract Cafe," (c) 2014 Wes Rehberg




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEW - "RIVER BREEZE IN ROTTERDAM" - OIL PASTEL PAINTING

New - "River Breeze in Rotterdam" - oil pastel painting on 11" x 14" mixed media vellum paper (c) 2015 Wes Rehberg - post impressionist, Sennelier and Mungyo Gallery Artist Premium oil pastels.




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW - "IGNITION" - OIL PASTEL PAINTING - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST

New - "Ignition" - oil pastel painting on 12" x 18" smooth Bristol paper, abstract expressionist, (c) 2015 Wes Rehberg - Sennelier and Mungyo Gallery Artist Premium oil pastels.




Sunday, August 09, 2015

NEW - "NEGOTIATING" - OIL PASTEL - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST

New -- "Negotiating" -- oil pastel painting on 12" x 18" smooth mixed media paper - abstract expressionist style - (c) 2015 Wes Rehberg






Friday, July 24, 2015

NEW - "DISTANCE" - OIL PASTEL PAINTING

New -- "Distance" -- oil pastel painting on 12" x 19" velum Bristol paper - Sennelier oil pastels, Rembrandt Polycolor oil pencils, Turpenoid wash - expressionist style (c) 2015 Wes Rehberg