Art Exhibit

Art Exhibit

It is a great honor to be included in the 2021 AQUA art exhibit.

2020 seemed like a good year to reconnect with creating art. Over the past 20 years my digital design work has mostly overshadowed all my other creative work. Even though much of my illustration work is created by ink & pen. I typically take my drawings and digitize and enhance them. The end result is a combination of different mediums.

Returning back to painting came from a need to distance myself from my computer. To step away from the screen. To use my hands and eyes differently. Knowing myself, I began with scheduling 2-hours every Sunday for creative time. Draw, paint, or doodle for a few hours without distractions. The absence of distractions is the most important element of being creative. Making a space that has the correct supplies and the time to-be-at-one with the process. And making do. Yes, the final part about being creative is getting out of your own way and making do. Use what supplies you have and just start creating.

I am always drawing doodles. Circles, squares, step-ladders, embellished typography, oddly shaped people, and more circles.

With two pieces Masked (2020) and Red Robe (2020).

Masked (2020) painting began as a doodle. I really was not thinking. Just drawing and creating shapes. I certainly didn’t begin to do a painting of a person with a mask. The eyes formed. Then the  mask just kinda manifested on the surface. At first, I didn’t recognize or identify the mask. It had begun with lines forming – then it took on the mask form and I understood it better. I guess I was having some subconscious conflict between wearing a mask and not wearing a mask.With the sudden adoption of masks as part of modern culture. 

Masked (2020) – by Gary Crossey

Red Robe (2020 acrylics) by Gary Crossey

Red Robe (2020) painted over the course of a few weeks (mostly on Sunday afternoon). The painting took a few different directions before settling for this simple fictional portrait. I am starting to feel more comfortable with painting. I felt connected with the painting. Each week I really had a need to layer more paint on the canvas. At times, I still feel that the painting wants more work to be done. It may not be finished.

Joan Mitchell Overview

Joan Mitchell Overview

3/21/21 – I am on my third book about Joan Mitchell. In the first book (Ninth) I thought it was Joni Mitchell the singer (and painter) but I couldn’t quite connect the style of Joan Mitchell with Joni Mitchell’s art style. Once I figured out the difference – I began a search to better understand. No, to better connect with the artwork of Joan Mitchell.

To be honest – I am having a hard time connecting with the visuals. Most of the information about Joan Mitchell is about her personality and relationships. With a focus on where she lived. Oh the last three books there is but a little bit of information about the art and why it was important to Joan Mitchell.

Strong of art shows over eight years in the Stable Gallery New York (1953 – 1965).


  • Shirley Jeffe – painter
  • Norman Bluhm
  • Sam Franis
  • Paul Jerkins
  • Kimber Smith
  • Saul Steinberg
  • Jean-Paul Riopelle – personal connection.
King of Spades (1956) Joan Mitchell
Evenings on Seventy-third Street (1956) Joan Mitchell

Evenings on Seventy-third Street borrows from Kline, de Kooning, and Tworkov.

Ladybug (1957) Joan Mitchell

Ladybug – is seen as the beginning of Mitchell forming her own visual vocabulary. One reviewer speaks about the “horizontal and startlingly architectonic character” as if Ladybug is a bridge.

Joan Mitchell – Chatiere – 1960

Chatiere – 1960

Grandes Carrieres – 1961 –
Joan said the art work was “very violent and angry paintings”

American Abstract Expressionism

  • Pierre Soulages
  • Henri Michaux
  • Georges Mathieu
End of Year Chart

End of Year Chart


The Vegan Slow Cooker
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Conversations with Friends
A Man With One of Those Faces
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Life Photographers: What They Saw
20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
Tomorrow I'll Be Kind
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life
Native Son
Your Power to Create: From Wishful Thinking to True Manifestation
Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
The End of Your Life Book Club
The Snow Child


Put your hands together one more time mix. It was great fun making the mix and thank you for the wonderful feedback. 

2020 Playlist

2020 was quite a good year for music.

Jessie Ware, Roisin Murphy, Elder Island, and Dua Lipa were all on heavy rotation.  

2020 – Song of the Year

Note sure why my song of the year didn’t hit the heights it deserved. 

The only thing that could make Honey by Wildligh and The Polish Ambassdor any better would be to obtain a copy of the lyrics.


My Top Ten Podcasts

  1. Talk Art
  2. Design Matters
  3. The Art Angle
  4. Wordfence
  5. The CSS Podcast
  6. Getting Curious
  7. In Our Time: Philosophy
  8. History of Japan
  9. The History of Rome
  10. This Way Out

I didn’t include links to the podcasts – as the same content is available on different Podcast services. Simply look up the podcast with the Podcast service you use.

If the podcast is not available. Search for the podcast online.  


2020 is the Year of the Podcast.

While everyone is now publishing content. I found that I had to limit how many podcasts I could follow.

Art, Design, Coding, Philosophy, and History are my main interests.

With TalkArt Design Matters topping my list of favorite podcast for 2020. I actually listened to the entire back catalog of TalkArt – so feeling inspired. 

You couldn’t listen to a better creative blog than Design Matters by Debbie Millman. Debbie Millman has been broadcasting independently for over 15 years. And sets a high bar for quality  content. 


2020 End of year chart Social Media
2020 End of year chart - social media
2020 End of Year chart - Social Media posts