I have taken January off from teaching to knock out some new work. It was suggested by one of my retailers that I work in grays and black/whites to keep up with current decor fashions. I'm religious about checking Pantone and Elle Decor for the season's colors, which I randomly incorporate into my flow. Although I love color and my last bunch of Buddhas, I love a challenge more. Gray makes me think of industrial sites, freeways, overcast days, and cities of my youth (Los Angles and Houston). I find beauty in decrepit buildings, parking lots, and old industrial sites. A stroll through my hard drives has produced much supporting evidence and some fun images to work with. Here are a few paintings I just finished, expect to see more by the end of the month.