Sunday, October 11, 2015

Large painting 10/11/15

This large painting (40" X 40") has been on an easel in my studio for months, morphing from one thing to another over that time. I have finally decided to call it finished.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

9 paintings - a bit larger than the last series

The first two paintings shown here are 20" X 26". The trees are done with acrylics, charcoal and oil pastel. 

This one is just so odd, but I like it. I can't tell you what part of my brain it came from because I don't know. I can tell you that I had been looking at the photography of Fabrice Monteiro and the paintings of Lyonel Feininger. This is done with acrylics, ink, charcoal and paper collage (pieces of an earlier painting cut up). 

The rest of these paintings are 14" X 20". All are done with acrylic and charcoal and some have added paper collage.


In this last painting you can see the Feininger influence. I'm interested in how he used architectural forms in compositions. I relied heavily on one of his compositions here, but then needed to work quite a bit to make the painting feel as though it was mine, adding softer values and more organic shapes and details.

Monday, September 14, 2015

10 small paintings 9.14.15 (The "Weird" Ones)

These are the paintings I mentioned in a Facebook post as being "weird". I realize now they probably aren't any more "weird" than many of my other paintings. 

The response on Facebook to the concept of weirdness, at least in the context of creativity, was overwhelming. People like weirdness. It's a good thing. I love my friend Sherrye's comment that "we all know that weird is just another way to go home".

I looked up the definition of "weird", it having been brought to my attention by another friend as a word that she didn't particularly like.

Weird is a complex idea, and old. It has to do with fate and destiny and is of, or related to, witchcraft and the supernatural. 

The "Weird Sisters" is another name for the Fates.

Weird is magical, of strange and extraordinary character, fantastic.

It is unnatural, preternatural, eerie, unearthly, *uncanny. 

*Uncanny - as in, "mysterious because of its apparent defiance of the laws established by experience". I think that is how I was using the word 'weird', not "suggestive of the fateful intervention of supernatural influences in human affairs" or "by suggesting the ghostly, makes one's flesh creep" or "belonging to another world"... although, that's not too far off.

So, these sweet little (5" X 7") weird paintings, which do not abide to the laws established by experience, were all done by first smearing colors onto paper with a scraper, then finding things in the smears to enhance. 

They were done with acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel and they were hard. I don't know why, but they were giving me a lot of trouble coming into being. Tom Waits talks about his songs as each having a personality that presents itself individually for him to decipher just how they want to be, essentially, born into the world. I tried that approach with these, and like I said, they were not easy births. 

It's interesting to me how much there seems to be a nautical/water theme that comes up in my imagery. Not sure why that is so. I was born under the sign of Aquarius. Maybe that's it.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

10 small paintings 9.3.15

These are all 5" X 7". I used acrylic and charcoal on each, with some ink, oil pastel and paper collage on a few.

Monday, August 17, 2015

12 small paintings 8.17.15

In anticipation of some shows I have coming up I'm doing series of small paintings. The twelve on this post are all 5"X 7". They are acrylic, charcoal, chalk and oil pastel and some have ink.

First, here is how they were started with swooshes of black gesso with a big, round brush. I used letter forms to get me going with some composition idea. 

I worked on 6 at a time on two panels.

This is the start of laying in color with acrylics, the underpaintings...

And the finished pieces. Not a lot of the letter forms remain.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2 paintings (set of twins) 8.11.15

Oh my goodness I struggled to make these work. Spent so much time just staring at them, waiting for some inspiration/indication of what to do next. They both went through many stages. 

This is the first time I've thought that the reproduction on the computer actually looks better than the original. That's for this first one, which really gave me a lot of trouble. Small, the dimensional character (thank-you for that word, Fran) stands out.

Both paintings are 14"X 20", worked on at the same time, side-by-side (twins), done with acrylic, black and white charcoal, chalk and oil pastel, some collage.

Part of the struggle may have been the challenge I gave myself to focus on texture and not rely too much on the landscape. These architectural forms have been showing up. Can't say why, exactly. May be, still, my reliance on something tangible, afraid of going into pure, amorphous texture. But I like those forms, so it's okay for now.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

5 paintings 8.5.15

Each painting is more or less 8" X 12". All done with acrylic, charcoal and some pastel. Worked with lots of layers and surface buildup. Many other paintings semi-hidden under each one!