Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sea Bird

As promised, here is one of the many things I am working on.  It started out with a lot less punch, but after considering contrast and color, I am much happier with the Sea Bird. As with a lot of images, this one emerged without conscious thought.

                                                           Before                      After

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Productive day at the office

This was a very productive day at the office (studio) after a good evening lecture on color at IANI, Diane Williams and Chuck Potter's studio. I will post some of the results separately.  This is a test to see if I can get the perfect FB size.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Orange you glad....

This is another couple of paintings from the 'Planetarium' series.  They are 20" wooden plates.  These will appear at the aRT Cottage starting on March 6.  Reception on March 10, 4-6 pm.

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Mike Kendall, mister acquisition, gave me a stack of round wooden plaques.  I think they were covers on wine barrels at one time.  I began to experiment with them.  These are the first results for a project my daughter, Deidre Calabro, calls 'Planetarium'. Once again I am learning a lot about what the paint and ink can do.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Another Before and After-Angel

Angel 1
Angel 2

As I have done in the past, I decided that a painting that was 'done' was not really, and I re-imagined it with more excitement.  I may hone it down some, but I like it better.  I added some white, a little rust and some ink.  Any thoughts?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Klimping Along

My goal is to present a compelling composition. The point of a composition is to move the the viewer within the painting, using aspects to bring focus on the main reason for the painting – this can be internal feeling.  I pour paint, and as such, much of what happens is a result of interaction within the paint.  So much of what I do can be attractive without composition, but I do not consider myself 'done' until I see a composition.  This piece is called "K" because for some it evokes Klimt.  I particularly like the way gold leaks out from the under painting.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Before and After

The 'After' painting is the result of a 'redo'.  When I started with Diane Williams and Chuck Potter, I was fascinated with texture (gravel), rust, and ink.  I liked the result and displayed it for a while.  But my style changed over the past years, and I decided to use the texture, but rework the composition.  I stuck with ink and rust, but did more paint pouring. I think it is all the better for this.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pour Moi

BIG DEAL! I am changing my logo today.  It is now Pour Moi (See left).  Pour Moi is french for "For Me", and is a pun on my new approach to art. My main process is pouring paint.  It is like sculpting with paint and I am continuing to explore it's nuances.  Thanks for your support. Pat. Feel free to view my blog at

Monday, October 2, 2017


This week has inspired me to re-commit to my art.  Saturday a couple from Concord invited me into their home to 'try on' my art.  They could have purchased some large mass produced work from a local shop, but they wanted to support the local art community by purchasing original art. They bought some of my favorites. I hope this is an indication of the revitalization of the interest in collecting 'real' art.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pouring Paint

I’ve been asked to describe my painting method.  A quick take is “I pour paint on the canvas”, but what I really mean is that I don’t paint, I sculpt paint and other media to attain the shape and texture desired on a flat surface.  I use house paint, artist’s acrylics, rust (made with steel wool and vinegar), sumie ink, and anything else that will help me get the look I am seeking. Sometimes I get what I want.  Other times, I don’t.  When I don’t, I will often paint over the parts I don’t like and start over.  Here is a link from the East Bay Times interview.  I think she did a pretty good job.