Sunday, April 26, 2015

Diary Entry 04-26-2015

I do believe today is a very active day for me. I learned that working on a number of paintings at the same time is more fulfilling than one at a time. Granted right now I don't have the materials to finish all these paintings, but I can sure work on them and get them all ready for the finishing touches....meaning the application of the texture medium. The last two days I spent gluing up two small chassis of 22X16 Inches or 55.88 X 40.64 CM for my rest of the world friends. It's always a joy to be able to create a painting almost from the ground up. Notice I said almost, I know I can't go out there and grow the tree, cut it down, and mill it up. But it sure feels good to know you built this thing with your own hands. Now they are ready for paint and I've been in the studio painting them white, getting them ready for whatever pigments they might call for.

I've also been working on my second fluorescent painted chassis, the first was orange, this next one is red. They sure do and will make for one heck of a contrast to what they will be paired with. The iphone I have doesn't do well for they types of colors, so bear with me.

The painting is not a landscape format as it is shown here, I prefer doing portrait format paintings. It's such a wonderful feeling to make new paintings, to create what one has never seen before, it's fun.

I've also decided to do my first all silver'ish painting. I've had this silvery gray yarn for a while now and been toying around on how to use it in the best way. I've had this chassis from the only yarn painting to be dismantled, and been wondering what was going to eventually be made from it. Now I know. And I feel it is going to be glorious. Pic below only shows the side and some of the back, I don't usually show that side to people, but it is a very important part of the painting as a whole.

I used to think painting one at a time was the way for me to go, but I now think that was because I simply didn't have the space to work on more than one at a time. Now I have the space and am truly enjoying going from one to the other, while one dries, I can be working on another painting. It's really kept me busy in the studio. One might think I'm getting ready for an exhibition. Well, it's just what being a painter is. It's what you do. Whether you have an exhibition coming up or not, you gotta paint.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Future Seasons Past

While in NYC. I always try to make a special day for visiting galleries. Here's my favorites from the show at Lehmann Maupin.

Finally got to see one of these paintings by Ashley Bickerton. WAY more intense in person.

Ralph Humphrey at Garth Greenan

Ralph Humphrey is a legendary painter that you don't hear a lot about these days. But he was always pushing the medium of paint as far as he could take it. These are a selection of his last paintings at Garth Greenan.

Willem De Rooij at Petzel

Willem De Rooij is an artist I have just came upon...

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