Why blog now?

Why blog? An excellent question. It seems to me on the surface to be such a vanity enterprise. My instinct is to resist it. However, “in the parlance of our times” this appears to be a common channel in which to share one’s thoughts and insights about the world around them. Now maybe it is a tad bit narcissistic to think my opinions have any sway or importance to share in the broader public. Nevertheless, as a sociologist I buy into the adage of C. Wright Mills that “sociology holds great promise” in helping one understand one’s place in the world.   So, as a spin on Mills’ coining the phrase the “sociological imagination” I offer up what I title my “sociological ruminations.” My intent is to share my view on social events through the perspective of a sociologist. That is why I am choosing to blog. I am a sociologist and I think sociological insight is greatly needed during this period in social history where once again societies are undergoing considerable social change.  I also paint by the way.  I believe blogging outwardly will encourage me to keep a journal on my artistic pursuits.

 

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#parenthood #fatherhood “Keira loses her first tooth!”

It took forever but it finally happened, Keira lost her first tooth.  She was so afraid of it happening, and immediately so proud once it did.  She was strutting the whole day.  We decided to take her to Fritz’s to celebrate.  She took my hat and I just had to admire this little young lady of mine.  She also happens to be my little photographic Muse.

 

Abstract Art: “Equilibrium in Full” 48×60″ Acrylic on Gallery Canvas (2017)

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“Equilibrium in Full” 48×60″ Acrylic on Gallery Canvas (2017).
This is a piece I just finished last week. It is the second time I have attempted a canvas this large. The first one I recently sold. I haven’t had access to a vehicle that could transport a canvas this large for sometime. However, a friend (@ThruEricsEye) I have known since Jr. High made his way up to St. Louis, byway of OKC to engage in some urban photography. It just so happens he owns a truck with a case over its bed.

We picked up two of these 4×5 feet canvases. As noted above, I just completed this 1st of the 2 canvases. This came to me quite quickly. I am titling it “Equilibrium in Full” because one, it is two appropriately sized contrasting color fields on a large canvas (a full expression of experience), Secondly, the contrast of the blue/green (melancholy) balanced by the yellow and white (optimism) colorfield represents a balance of emotions. The white drip line is to clearly show some demarcations of feelings and the swingled line that mental balance of feelings.

Summers have always brought feelings of balance for me. Restfullness, yet restlessness. Sociable, but solitary. Harmony and Anxiousness.

Abstract Art: “A Surprise” 28×22″ Acrylic on paper (2015)


I frequently use these 28×22″ paper sheets to paint in between canvases. These along with my use of scrap mat-boards serve as a form of sketch pad for painting. I have accumulated quite a few of these over the years and store them away. It just so happened that I came across some extra frame this week. I wanted to see how some of my paper works might look framed and matted. That is how I stumbled onto this piece that I did in 2015 I quite it like it now.

Abstract Art: “Two Trying for One” (2008) 28×22″


I did this series of paintings in 2008. They were done on 28×22 paper with acrylic paint. Rarely do I make it a habit to paint in a series. These three just came to me. I completed them at a difficult time. My wife and I were trying to have a child. Only five weeks earlier we had learned that she was pregnant. But, at the fifth week she started spotting and went to the doctor to discover that the fetus did not have a heartbeat, that we had miscarried. It was our first pregnancy. We were only five weeks pregnant and we never heard a heartbeat prior to then so it’s not as tragic as it may sound. Nevertheless, we were heartbroken.

These were the first three paintings I completed after that experience. I didn’t set out to paint something symbolic it was only after their completion that I started to feel some kind of connection to events. For me the two outside pieces that are lighter in color came to symbolize my wife and I. And, I assumed the contrasting dark image in the middle represented that pregnancy, that lost pregnancy. This must’ve been my subconscious way of dealing with the grief over the experience.

The cross looking marks throughout all three paintings were made using sandpaper, scraping away the top layers of paint. I am not religious so I find it interesting that these look like crosses. I am a bit spiritual at times so I feel that maybe these markings represent a form of yearning for something to deliver peace of mind. There was a wanting to have faith that we were going to be okay. Eventually, we were and two years later we had my daughter Keira.

These painting have never hung in our house. There has never been a good space to hang them together in our house and based on my interpretation it never felt right to hang one alone. They have sat forever in my garage studio, but this past spring I publicly displayed them for the first time. My wife much to my surprise has not attached as much sentiment to these paintings as I thought and that set me free to consider selling them. I had much interest in their purchase after their public showing. I am happy to see that they will find a home for showing rather than collecting dust. I hope you enjoyed the story behind their creation.

Another Valley Park Flood #Flood2017

I believe this is the fourth or fifth flood of the Meramec River since my wife and I moved here in 2002.  Thankfully, our house is on a hill so we stay dry.  The problem is the entrance and exit to our subdivision are one and the same and it is now under water.

Abstract Art: “Portrait” (2017) 48×24″

 

This painting went on a long journey to get where it is now. I had about a two month period where I didn’t paint anything. I started the semester teaching five classes. Additionally, I had a public exhibition of my work as a painter this spring. These things have kept me a bit preoccupied. Alas, a window of opportunity to dabble with the paints again presented itself.

I was a bit rusty I might add, you can see this below in the documentation of this work. Nevertheless, I found my bearings and kept applying. This is what I came to feel most comfortable with. I call you it portrait. Self? Maybe? Who knows that’s just what I see.

Kent Bausman

Abstract Art: Struggling with direction

I painted this at the end of 2016, with the intent that it show vertically but I have struggled with the center placement of the white stripe.  Usually, such things are always off center in my paintings.  Recently, my mother-in-law recommended it hang horizontally thus it looks like a landscape.  I liked this idea and showed it as such in a public show of late.  However, when I brought it home I needed it for a space where it went up vertical.  I like both, not sure what to do with this.

Kent Bausman

The Four Peaks Mountains

I was recently in Mesa, Arizona.  We went up to the Four Peaks Mountains. I am not a religious person, but my Mother was, and I saw her faith get her through some tough times. I think that is why this caught my attention immediately.  While still not religious, I respect those that choose to be.  For a moment her faith allowed me a moment with her memory.

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