Sunday, April 30, 2017

"St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe"

This is my fourth painting of a New Mexico church, the first one dates back to 2001, of Chimayo. Earlier this year I painted the San Ysidro Church, in Corrales, and earlier this month was the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe.

Billed as the most photographed building in Santa Fe, the St. Francis Cathedral stands today on the site where a small mission church originally stood. That mission church was burned down during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. After the Spanish regained control in 1692, a more substantial adobe church, La Parroquia was built and remained in place for nearly 200 years.

In 1884, La Parroquia was replaced by St. Francis Cathedral, overseen by Jean Baptiste Lamy, who was immortalized by Willa Cather in her Pulitzer Prize winning "Death Comes For The Archbishop" (1927). The new stone cathedral was built around and over the old church, in an odd mixture of French Gothic and Romanesque, but it was never completed. The intended twin spires, meant to be built on both sides of the entry way were never finished, due to a lack of funds.

"St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe"
24" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas

Cathedrally Yours,TONY

Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Austrian Copper Rose"

I rarely take a canvas outside to draw or paint on, but I managed to take ten full steps out into my backyard and sit down and draw this rose bush that is now in full bloom. It's an old fashioned 5 petaled rose with no thorns, and is only 2' tall, but I'm sure it must be at least 20 years old.

I was thinking I needed to paint outside more, as the overpowering fragrance from the roses enveloped me. Then a huge bird flew overhead and dropped a huge pile of shit on me, and I went back inside, vowing never to paint outside again.

"Austrian Copper Rose"
15" x 30" x 3"
Acrylic on Canvas

All Cleaned Up Now, TONY

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Bamboo Bad Boy"

One good thing about being an artist, I suppose, is that you can create your own little fantasy world, regardless of what is really happening around you.

Amidst the worst snow storm I've ever seen, I can see now that I chose to block it all out and live in this little fantasy tropical world that I created for myself in this painting. You might think the snow would have inspired me, but it didn't.

I don't know what to do in it, other than flee from it as quickly as I can. Thinking that I had already managed to eke it out through half a winter, I was depressed today to learn that today is the FIRST day of winter and that it's only just begun. For a month now, I've been keeping cold drinks outside, and if I want to warm them up, I bring them inside and put them in the refrigerator. Three more months of this???

That fantasy world is looking better to me each day, and I'm already thinking of moving from here.

"Bamboo Bad Boy"

24" x 36"

Copperleaf and Acrylic on Canvas

Snowbound, and bound in snow, TONY

It's Raining Men

Thank you Kevin for the Gay Street sign.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

He's Not Next

I rarely paint over an old painting, but I did it for this one. The original painting, lying under this one, was nine years old, and I deemed it unworthy of another out of state move. The original title of the old painting was "He's Now Next", and it was an expression of my fear of AIDS.

With the painting and the fear buried, I changed one letter of the title, and completely changed the meaning of the painting.

"He's Now Next" became:

"He's Not Next"
16" x 32"
Acrylic on Masonite


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"The Bleeding Hearts"

I painted this for an upcoming exibit in Dallas, Texas, titled "El Corazon" (The Heart). The flowers are Bleeding Hearts, which I've painted a few times before, and the bleeding hearts on the torso are meant to be passing overlying images, rather than something permanent like a tatoo. I'm sure a lot can be read into that, but I'll leave it at that.

"The Bleeding Hearts"
24" x 36"

Silverleaf and Acrylic on Canvas

Wishing you a happy, Happy Holiday! TONY


I had fun experimenting with this painting, not knowing where it would lead. I still don't know where it ended up, but here it is....


18" x 24"
Acrylic on Canvas

Barely Warmed Up,TONY

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Mother Nature in New Mexico"

During a visit to a friend in Albuquerque, she showed me a photograph taken of her as a teenager in a convent. The image stuck with me and inspired me to paint this painting. I guess spring time inspired me to incorporate Mother Nature into it, even though it's snowed since I started this painting, and has been freezing every night since.

"Mother Nature in New Mexico"
24" x 24" x 3"
Acrylic on Canvas


"For They Dared Not Speak"

This is the third painting I've painted over, except this time I left much of the original painting intact and just repainted the parts I didn't like. Once I completed it, I wondered if it was symbolic of the remaking of my life I'm currently undergoing. It probably is.

My choice of Savannah as my next home seems to have left some wondering why, particularly since the closest person I've ever met will be some 2,000 miles away from me. But it seems to have everything I need in a home.......a temperate climate, green and visually appealing, great architecture, close to the ocean, affordable, friendly and gay friendly, and it's not too small and not too big. I met with realtors yesterday and my home will be listed for sale today, so my days here are now numbered.

The original 1995 painting is the top image in this post, and the remake image is on the bottom. Because I didn't completely paint over everything, I left the title and date as is. This is the last remake I will do.

"For They Dared Not Speak"
15" x 48"
Silverleaf, Copperleaf, Acrylic on Canvas.

Peace, TONY

I've Given up Talking

"American Dead" / "Muertos Americanos"


"Luis Francisco"

22" x 32" Acrylic on Canvas 2003