Saturday, January 29, 2011

two seasons

So I know I'm not even close to completing the series I'm currently working on, but for the first time I'm wanting to work on two series at once. They are completely different but I think that I can learn a lot from working on both simultaneously. This is what I'm thinking: similar subject matter, but looking at it through a new lens, when winter has taken over. Can things be both bold and delicate? I guess I'll need to explore it a little more, but I really want that glassy breakable look incorporating intricate lines and a variety of glazes. I know that I've been working on including more reds/yellows/oranges into my paintings, but I think this new series will be strictly blues/greens/ purples. I love that it can be two seasons at once!

Friday, January 28, 2011

painting process

There's always a fine line between under-doing a painting and over-doing one. In this new series I'm really trying to focus on certain areas that will become extremely glazed, while also leaving areas with the white of the canvas and very few glazes. Now is the time to make big decisions deciding where each painting will go and how much glazing will be in each area. I want these paintings to push the ideas from the Costa Rica series even further.
(paintings in progress are posted under 2011 currently creating)

I think it's really important to have paintings in all stages, so that there is always something to work on using different types of paint application. Now that the larger paintings are in the process of glazing and the smaller paintings are in the detail/texture stage it's time to start some new paintings. I have a couple 5'x4' canvases staring me down and I have a couple more ideas for this current series, and I'm also thinking about working on a winter series (which I've never done before). There are so many colors when you really look at snow and ice, it is these types of colors that I want to explore.

(when you take a quick look it just looks white, but when you look a little closer what colors can you actually see?)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

it's all in how you see it

It’s the way that we see things that makes us each different and intriguing. Every artist conveys what they see through a variety of mediums to share their perspective with others. I started thinking about this when I took a trip to the Firehouse Gallery in Burlington and saw the work of Jessica Nissen ( She creates Rorschach paintings and then draws over each ink blot image to illustrate what she sees. The overlaying of the drawing makes it possible for everyone to see her first thoughts when she encountered the ink blot. I really enjoyed looking at these paintings, they were all so different and interesting in their own way. There was no one theme, but a variety of imagery which made the paintings very true and real (not pre thought-out or planned).

After thinking about what I see in things and having the new year come around I was also thinking about what a friend of mine had said to me. She said you just always have to stay true to your work, make it for yourself and when you do others will see it. It’s just something good to keep in mind. I know sometimes I can get caught up thinking well I wonder what types of paintings might sell, what would the subject matter be etc, but then I just have to take a step back and realize I’m making this work for myself, don’t worry about it, just create it and do it. I just want to share what I see and stay true to it.