ONE LUMP oil on canvas 10" x 10" 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
This painting serves as a color and compositional study for a larger painting that I intend to undertake.
The inspiration for this painting will be taking its cues from Edouard Manet's painting by the same title
as well as pay homage to lush romanticized images such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir's, "Luncheon of the Boating Party".
I hope to borrow from these works, the essence of leisure and pleasure in nature, the warm play of light, a boldness with color, and for the depicted shapes within the painting to feel communal and engaged with each other as the figures do in these masterful paintings.
Friday, October 17, 2014
How does one translate the wonder and beauty of the natural world with plastic means? It is quite the challenge to produce a work of art that can stand next to what resides out our front door or the landscape through the window before our eyes. We can evoke or suggest with material means the life that teems around us in nature, but it is near impossible for the dazzling spectacle of the natural world to exist in a still image. I believe our hearts can be quickened by a work of art as it can be when we experience the world from a mountain top. But they are still two quite different visual pleasures and experiences. I have no real answers or assumptions as to how those two experiences could be similar or vastly different, but I do think the search for an answer is what drives artists to still contest with nature.
I think of Monet in his garden. Toiling to construct ideal beauty on his property as well as in his painting. He returned to the same subjects over and over again all the while, maintaining remarkable continuity in his work and achieving a complex array of compositions, light, color, and space.
I have begun to regard the teardrop in my work as a subject that could function no differently as Monet would have considered his waterlilies. The teardrop serves as a foundational object whereby concerns for light, color, and space can perform. The articulated landscape is a construction of my imagination-an imagined pond where my "lily pads" can exist. This space can only be visited through the confines of the painting and invokes a longing to be able to enter that space. It creates a desire that I feel exists when viewing one of Monet's paintings. The desire to be in his garden.
NIGHT RIDE. oil on canvas 60" x 60" 2014.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
DUPLICATE. steel 2014
The teardrop shape first made its appearance in the paintings and drawings. I am now making attempts to utilize the drop shape in my sculpture-transforming the teardrop that is by nature an ephemeral/unattainable object. The tear or water drop cannot be had. It is born in one minute and gone in the next. We are unable to possess it, much less name it. The investigations in my sculptures are to depict the teardrop as a permanent and physically solid form caught in a suspended state of animation/action. I am striving for the sculpture to hold both a weighty presence and simultaneously feel delicate and "drop-like"
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Before settling into prolonged painting sessions, I have been working materials onto fragments of paper that I consider to be drawings. There is usually collage elements that come into play that more often than not are used as a method to edit sections of the drawings and further activate the ground. Even though a good deal of paint is used in these drawings, the paint registers as having been used as a medium/tool for drawing. These exercise drawings explore play and invention with the material that allow for me to have play and be inventive in the paintings. They limber me up for an activity of spontaneity and unhindered explorations with paint.
*all drawings are oil paint, pencil, oil stick, ink, collage on newsprint.