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.

Monday, August 28, 2017


"Emergence" has undergone many lives.  This painting started out as a 'non-objective" horizontal black and white.  Abstract art, non-figurative art, non-objective art, and nonrepresentational art are loosely related terms. Non-objective refers to lack of a perceived object.  After working with the paint and turning the canvas in different directions, my mentors and I saw another world emerging and I have friends who see two people in the center.  So, I determined to make the an 'objective' abstract.  Hope you like it!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

7/29/17 Showing at Amaral Studio/Gallery

Through the Woods
Now showing in "Illusions" at Raquel Amaral Studio/Gallery.  This piece started out very differently and developed a scary tone before I knew the theme of the show.  It is about 3 paintings with 8 layers of poured and applied acrylic paint.  The scull was not painted in.  It just happened.

Saturday, July 1, 2017



'Redefinedery' is now showing at the Georgia Galleria in Vallejo.  It shows the refinery at night, and how I have redefined it in my mind. When I was young in Martinez, I would often look at the refineries lit up at night.  I thought they looked like fairy castles.  As I grew up, I learned that they are not fairy.  They serve a purpose, but can pollute our air and water if not under proper care.  So, it is a lesson learned early, that all things have good and bad built into them.  This piece is a digitized picture that I put enlarged into two frames so that it looks like you are observing through a dirty window.  It has aspects of an abstract object but reflects some realism.