Hal Mayforth


JANUARY 27, 2010
Shooting Star

Lately I've changed my approach to acrylic painting. I'm trying to be more spontaneous and painting without preconcieved notions a la Adolph Gottlieb or Philip Guston. And it's driving me crazy second, third and fourth guessing myself. My elecrtic sander has been getting  quite a workout. In reaction to those trials and tribulations, I decided to break out the watercolors.  I am enjoying the change of pace and and the quickness. I can finish one fairly quickly and move on to the next idea. Speaking of ideas, for some reason turtles have been making an appearance in my sketchbooks. I'm not sure why, but I suspect it's because they're easy to draw and their primordial quality appeals to me.

Street Fight
Scout - Last week cartoonist extraordinaire Kevin Pope emailed to ask if I would contribute a piece to a charity art auction sponsored by The Art Directors and Designers Club of St. Louis, in collaboration with the American Heart Association. To be honest, I've never been a big fan of the "heart" as a design element. With the exception of Mr Fuchs and Jim Dine, hearts always seem to come off as wimpy. I thought of a work- around and did this the next day. The event will take place on March 12 in St. Louis, MO.
Everyday I Have the Blues - I'm trying to work through my heart phobia.
Less-Than-Punctual Fighters of Crime