PDF of 1995 Art in America article on abstract painting in Texas


(These thumbnails aren't click- or tap-able; please read on.)

Finally getting around to learning to make PDFs with LibreOffice.
I started with the .tif scans I used for this "poor man's PDF" a while back.
The scans were of pages from a 1995 Art in America article on abstract painting in Texas, featuring David Szafranski, John Pomara, Jeff Elrod, yours truly and others.
The .tifs were huge -- like 24 MB per page, at 300 dpi. I loaded them in the "Draw" portion of LibreOffice and exported them as a PDF, reducing the dpi to 150 and choosing jpeg compression at 85%. Voila, a legible PDF at only 2.6 MB. Feedback/comments on this would be appreciated, since I plan to do more of these.

The Engagement, 1991-2020


This is a "remix" of an old painting. The original oil-paint-on-linen was configured as a rectangle, in landscape format, 22 inches tall by 26 inches wide. For the remix I formatted it as a square and removed a signature in the lower right corner, otherwise it looks the same. I had a 4x5 photo-transparency of the painting so was able to get a clear, detailed scan.
The original image appeared in color in a Houston gallery guide, in conjunction with a show I did at W. A. Graham gallery the next month. The painting ended up not appearing in the show.
I thought of this because it's similar to work I've been doing recently. Some might say better -- it's certainly more action-packed. I think I'm calmer now than I was around the time of the First Gulf War.