Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ten new paintings in a series

A new series for my solo show at Delaplaine Visual Arts Center...

 I wanted to take the idea from the paintings I posted on Sept. 19th, where I used gestural lines scored into wet gesso to determine the composition, and add the texture I used in the paintings posted on the 20th and try the combination on larger pieces. 

I began by applying layers of thin paper onto the wood panels with matte medium, letting it bunch and tear and fold and pleat to give me something to explore for composition, images and details. 

Then many layers of paint were smoothed on with a plastic scraper, so that I could have even more to work with when looking for things to enhance and turn into figures. At the bottom of this post I've shown the ten paintings in stages as they were worked on. 

When I delivered the work for installation at Delaplaine, the curator commented that it wasn't what she was expecting. She liked the work, but it wasn't anything like the painting she bought from me two years ago, when she invited me to exhibit. I apologized and tried to explain that I guess I keep changing, that I don't even know if I can paint like I did two years ago. 

Not sure what to do about that...

These paintings have titles. I don't always title paintings, because I want to give the person looking at them a chance to come up with her or his own idea about them. Or, if I do, I try to make the titles as abstract as the images for the same reason, often using fragments of poems by Emily Dickinson, for example. These seemed to develop story lines as they came into being. The titles could serve as the first lines or at least the subject of the stories and the viewer can take it from there.

The Cats Ignore the Talkative Bird (#3603)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel
18” X 24” X 2” on wood panel

The Blue Bird Thought the Clouds Looked Like Fish (#3605)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, conte

20” X 20” X 2” on wood panel

The Town was Popular with the Rare Birds (#3610)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage

20” X 20” X 2” on wood panel

The End of Ground and Sky (#3611)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel

16” X 20” X 2” on wood panel
This one is obviously different from the others. It is the only one that I painted over completely and started again. I like the simplicity of it. The others may all meet the same fate. There is a funny detail from this painting in its original state. I put it at the bottom of this post. I couldn't help taking a photo before painting over it, because I thought it was... cute? Just too cute as it turned out. 

They Chose the Glass House and Piled Up Their Stones (#3612)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage

20” X 20” X 2” on wood panel

Brookside (#3613)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel

18” X 24” X 2” on wood panel

Bird Park (#3617)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage

18” X 24” X 2” on wood panel

Island Ferry (#3619)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel, conte

18” X 24” X 2” on wood panel

The Bug Walked Through the Town of Six Happinesses (#3604)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel, conte
20” X 20” X 2” on wood panel
(This is my favorite title that came to me. I have no idea what it means.)

There are More Species of Fish in Lake Chautauqua than You Would Think (#3606)
Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, conte
18” X 24” X 2” on wood panel
This title came from being with my friend Kim at Chautauqua this summer when we were there doing a show together. We walked out to the pier one moonlit night and there was one of those signs with info about the lake and it stated the number of fish species swimming around there. I don't remember the number, but it was, like I said, more than you would think. 

Here are the pics of the 10 paintings in progress, and the detail from the one that got painted over. 





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seven new paintings with texture

These paintings have more texture and layers of color than the ones I posted yesterday. They start with paper applied to the wood panel with mat medium, then many different colors of paint before the images start to emerge from the background. They range in size from 8 to 12 inches square. 
There is a bit more paper collage, too.








Tuesday, September 19, 2017

13 New Paintings

With the exception of this first painting, which is on paper, all of these new paintings are on wood panels. The panels are 2" deep and the images continue around the sides. They range in size from 10 to 12 inches square. Mostly acrylic and charcoal with some paper collage and oil pastel. 

Thirteen little worlds according to me. 














Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New paintings on panels, some small, some not so small

These new mixed media paintings will go with me to Chautauqua, NY this weekend for the Crafts Alliance show. They are mostly acrylic with a great deal of collage. The added pieces are papers that I've painted or printed from block prints I've made. All are on 2" deep wood panels. 

I don't use reference very often, but for the two large pieces I did start with a composition from a photo. The first one here, 40" X 40" came from a picture I saw of a man sitting in a chair with a Turkish rug on the wall near him. The only thing that remains of that composition is the large oval in the design of the rug. The texture comes from the paper I applied to the panel before painting. 
Oil pastel passed lightly over the texture makes it stand out.


These next three are all 10" X 10".




And the next 4 are 8" X 8".





The last one is another 40" X 40". The composition here started with a photo of a tree hanging over a stream with a path along side. It's a little easier to see the remnants of that photo here. 
(None of the creatures or other things were in the photo...they came from me.)


Friday, July 28, 2017

Six small pieces (with some process notes)

Continuing my series of mixed media paintings on small panels. Each are 3" X 12". 

I haven't talked much about process lately, so let me tell you about these. I start with a panel cut from 1/2" MDF board. I get these laser cut for me by Smidgens, Inc. in Lima, NY. I sand the edges and gesso the panel to give it a more durable surface, though I'm not sure this is absolutely necessary. I then cover the surface with paper, either deli sheets or tissue or wax paper, using Liquitex matte medium, letting it wrinkle, fold and buckle. When dry they are painted a base of one color, usually something neutral like yellow ochre or burnt sienna. With a plastic scraper I apply many layers of paint in different colors to build up an interesting surface and give myself something to build on with other details. I find the horizon lines and suggestions of other figures in the textures and enhance them. Paper bits have been cut out of various materials that have been painted or printed. Lines are drawn with charcoal pencil or a fine brush. I finish with a spray of fixative and then a coat of gloss varnish. The backs are painted black with a small roller and a sawtooth hanger added. 
That's it!







Sunday, July 23, 2017

Eight small paintings on paper

I will apply to the Fall 2017 Art at the Mill show with these eight small paintings on paper.
The exhibit helps fund the continued maintenance and operation of the Burwell-Morgan Mill, in Millwood, VA and the Historical Association as well as the Sarah P. Trumbower Memorial Art Scholarship given annually to a Clarke County student who is pursuing a degree in art.  

 Untitled #4412
Acrylic and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4413
Acrylic oil pastel and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4414
Acrylic, paper collage and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4415
Acrylic, oil pastel, paper collage and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4416
Acrylic and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4417
Acrylic, oil pastel and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4418
Acrylic, paper collage and charcoal
9” X 6”

Untitled #4419
Acrylic, paper collage and charcoal

9” X 6”