Why some paintings take way longer than others…

Here is another photo of the piece I displayed in my last post.  I mentioned that it was something of an experiment, and boy I wasn’t kidding!  This painting has deviated from the sketch on which it is based more than any other recent piece.  In allowing the painting to tell me where it wants to go, I can get whisked away to lands far distant from where I thought I was going at the journey’s outset.  But hey, that’s all part of the fun of being an artist. Looking forward to seeing where else this piece takes me!

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More New Work…

Here is another painting I’m currently working on.  The first photo shows the original sketch on which the painting is based.  The other two photos show the painting at successive stages of development.  Once the painting process begins, I allow my intuition to dictate the development of the piece.  Often, the paining will seem to take on a life of its own – definitely the case with this one.  At such times, the painting tells me what it wants – its up to me to listen!   This way of painting can be frustrating at times – sometimes your intuition is spot on and sometimes its not.  But even when its not, you can always come back to the piece a day or two later and go at it again, using your previous “mistakes” as a springboard for even more effective, esthetically richer results.

As of this writing, this piece looks even different than in this last photo.  This is one of the more experimental paintings I’ve done in a while and I look forward to sharing the stages of its growth with you…


New Work

 

As promised here are some photos of a few pieces I’m currently working on.  The first photo in each group shows a painting in progress, while the second shows the sketch on which it is based.

 

I do my sketches in ball point pen and start them by scribbling on the page.  Using the lines of the scribbles as a framework, and giving my intuition as free reign as possible, I continue the sketch by favoring and darkening certain lines, creating new ones, and defining space.  The result is a collection of enigmatic shapes and forms working to articulate themselves in an uncertain space. 

 

Using a projector, I then transfer the sketch onto a panel or canvas.  After this, I begin the actual painting process by applying several transparent layers, which is the stage where most of these pieces are at presently.  Stay tuned for further developments…

 

 


Work in Progress

Darla and I have been in our new place for almost 2 months now and we really like it.  As in our previous place, I’m using the garage as my painting studio.  I actually like it better – it has improved lighting and the walls are just like those in the house, so you don’t feel like you’re in a garage.  In the photo below, you can see my workspace as well as a couple of paintings.  The one on the easel is in progress and the one to the side was completed late last year.After the upheaval of the move, it sure feels good to be painting once again.  In addition to the piece on the easel, I’ve got three others in progress as well.  I will soon be posting photos of them along with the sketches they’re based on.  Stay tuned…