Saturday, June 18, 2016

Living on the Edge Workshop


Living on the Edge Workshop
July 9 
Kelowna, BC

This seemed like an appropriate visual for my upcoming one-day workshop in Kelowna, BC.  "Living on the Edge" is all about the part of a painting that I find the most fascinating: the area where one shape interacts with another.

When I look at a painting, I seldom give much thought to its subject matter, but I do stick my nose as close to the surface as I can and check out how the artist handles edges.  If they're all the same, he or she has lost my interest, because it's in these transition areas that I believe an artist shows her painting chops.

So much can happen at the boundary of a form: a painter can lose the edge, soften the edge, catch it crisply or thickly, or modulate it from one state to another.  And that's just the beginning!  Working edges is like a playful dance where you can experiment, seeing how far you can push into abstraction without losing the sense of the subject matter; it's the most joyful part of the work for me.

And that's what this one-day workshop will explore: the abstract, playful potential of the edge.

If you'd like more information or to register, please contact the Federation of Canadian Artists Central Okanagan Chapter.  I hope to see you on July 9th!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Progress doesn't have to be swift

40 x 30
D - still in progress
So here's the latest incarnation of the portrait.  And still not done - which is a good thing.

I've been working on it sporadically for quite a while, putting it aside when I ran out of ideas, and picking it up when even one small mark seemed like a possibility worth trying.  On one day, I repainted the entire 40 x 30 surface, tweaking, moving, adding... thinking I was on to something.  But I wasn't, and I wiped and scraped the whole day off before dinner.  Then it sat some more.

Today I picked it up and painted it upside down for the first hour.  That got me rolling, changing bigger areas than I seemed to manage when I saw it in its normal orientation.  I don't think it's finished yet, but it's closer than in past states, and it has some interesting effects that I couldn't have done in one go.



This painting is my stand by, the work I pick up and ponder when I'm between paintings.  Some day I'll finish it, but I'm in no hurry. And when I do, I'll have to start another piece that allows me to work this way again: with no deadlines, and no expectations.  It's a joyful way to paint.

Happy painting!