Oedipus Rex

I’m taking an English Composition course, I’m hoping to transfer to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and I want to get the academic work out of the way. I gripe about CA but its junior colleges are wonderful and affordable. My last assignment was to write an essay on Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King; what a treat, if one can delight in such abject misery. I enjoy writing and re-reading the play brings me tremendous pleasure. At the end of the day, after researching  source material (the psychoanalyst W.R. Bion, the mythologist  Robert Graves) just  being steeped in the narrative; after such a day of writing and thinking it felt good to just make.

This little watercolor of  the young king beseeching the Delphic Oracle for insight is the result. 

IMG_5727Oedipus Rex


watercolor on paper

5.5 by 8.5 inches

From Grave’s The Greek Myths 2:

“…Oedipus went to ask the Delphic Oracle what future lay in store for him. ‘Away from the shrine, wretch!’ the Pythoness cried in disgust. ‘You will kill your father and marry your mother!’ (105).

With that cheery thought may your day be bright.

Be well, Lg

Descent : fragment of a dream

I know it is boorish to go on about one’s dreamworld to anyone but your analyst, but sometimes a dream is so spectacular, it finds its way into my work. Such is the case with Descent.  In this recent dream I found myself descending from Heaven, and although I squirm with self consciousness in admitting this , I had seen God  (and Jesus) and love was the message from both.

So I am descending into the Night, not with regret in leaving Heaven, I’m too awestruck by the wonders below. I am with a silent companion who will remain with me until I land. Below, is a gorgeous city , clouded by fog , a rich ornate city chock-a-block with 18th and 19th century buildings.  

 I will not bore you with more details, I will leave them for my analyst ( my silent companion?).

But this is the painting.




watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper

12 by 23 inches

IMG_5724 detail

I haven’t  a great fascination in depicting architecture but I do have a great fascination in how architecture is depicted by the German Expressionist filmmakers , particularly F.W. Murnau. I had recently seen his Faust and David and I were both blown away by the opening scene.


With that in mind, I rendered my dream city. In the process paying homage to my friend and inspiration Clive Hicks-Jenkins , who shares my love of Murnau and has developed his own  wonderful technique in depicting architecture.


The dream was cinematic, long and exhausting, but inspirational.

Be well, Lg

Upcoming opening: XV Present Art

Two new relief prints were selected to be part of an upcoming group show, opening December 6th, 6-8 pm at the Couturier Gallery (link HERE) 166 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles.

Would love to see my friends there.

the show runs from December 6th 32104 through to January 3rd 2015. 


These two prints were selected:


Blue Krampus!

The Great War God, Huitzilopchtli
The Great War God, Huitzilopchtli

The Great War God, Huitzilopochtli

Thanking J at Couturier for thinking of me once again!


Krampus Fever

My friend Ken recently gave me a few 19th c. “scraps”,  once popular for Victorian keepsake albums. Usually they are gooey eyed children holding posies but Ken knows my taste and gave me Krampus ephemera. I was delighted and inspired. The following is a sampling of what I have been up to.


 Blue Krampus!


four plate relief plate on paper

total dimensions 9 by 12″


Blue Krampus II!

same as above.



artist’s proof

I’m enclosing the wonderful little scraps Ken gave to me, my studio is awash with happy blue devils. I couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks Ken!


Until next time, be well,