Showing posts from September, 2015

It ain't over till it's over

A painting is only done when the artist says it's done.  And even then, the passage of time can turn a previously "done" work into a starting point: a foundation for more thought and experimentation.

Purple Life Vest was the gleeful product of a fascination with pink.  I painted it swiftly, intuitively and without censoring myself a few months ago, and I liked it.  But it wasn't ready to go out into the world; the thought of sending it to a gallery didn't cross my mind as it was so different from my usual palette.  Still, there was something there that I liked, so it hung in the studio as a joyful recollection of summer.

Then I did the big painting purge of 2015, and it was one of few paintings to survive the overhaul and avoid landfill.  In my newly orderly, newly painted studio, it also became fair game for more paint.

The first thing to change was all that pink. When I'd painted it, I thought it might be the first of a series of pink-infused images, bu…

The workspace helps create the work

The only constant in life is change, and the act of making art is no different.  The works that I loved when I made them, seem filled with flaws once they've been signed (in fact, I often sign a painting in order to speed the process of flaw finding.  It seems to be a catalyst for major changes); and the technique that felt exactly right suddenly feels wrong headed and ineffectual.  The key to dealing with the awareness of something being wrong is to accept that it's valid, live with the discomfort, and, when it's unbearable, do something that feels like it may alleviate that discomfort. So this summer I was deeply uncomfortable, and then I made some major changes.  The result is amazing! 
Beginning a few weeks ago, I changed most everything about my daily practise.  I slashed and trashed more than 50 paintings that had languished on my studio shelving.  They'd been waiting for me to become skilled enough to get them out of the stalemates that they were in.  But, on l…