Fortune Cookie Wisdom
This out of my fortune cookie after dinner last night. Sounds right. Going right up on my studio wall.
Layers of Paint
These are paintings in various stages of completion. As I build up the layers of color, I'll be in a dialogue with the painting, coaxing the color this way and that, feeling my way for harmonies and interest. Sometimes there may be as many as 30 layers of paint before the finished painting finally "arrives". I'm not looking for resolution so much, as a sense of mystery and wonder.
The Importance of Touch
For much of the time throughout the development of a painting I apply oil paint by hand. Having a direct and tactile relationship with the painting as it emerges is of critical importance to me. While I also use rags, brushes, palette knives and various other implements to create a painting, hand rubbing the paint into the canvas is central to my process.
Before they are a painting, the artwork in my current series must work as sculpture. After laying in fabric onto the canvas, I use multiple coats of black gesso to give the work a uniform matte finish. I'll live with the paintings in this form for some time, looking at how they work as relief sculpture first, before beginning to explore how color might best bring them more deeply to life.
Twenty years of drips, splotches, spatters and smudges. This is the top of my rolling work station, a constant companion for many years now. Kind of an abstract work of art in and of itself.
Studio Visit Magazine
Just got word the other day that a couple of my paintings will be included in the winter edition of the the juried international contemporary arts publication, Studio Visit Magazine. I'm really honored to have been selected.
The juror for the winter edition was Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. The Rose is amazing and I have a great deal of respect for Carl Belz and his leadership there for many years. Studio Visit Magazine is sent out to over 2,000 galleries, museums and art collectors throughout the country.
Welcome to my studio! A few years ago I rescued the back end of the second story of our old 1840's barn here in New England to carve out a new studio space. Installed all glass on the gable end and kept the beautiful wide wooden flooring. Its very peaceful and serene in here with views out to our gardens, meadows and woods. For me one of the most important elements in my studio? The chair! I sit with these paintings over many weeks and months as they evolve and grow into a finished work.
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