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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
oil with cold wax
Sometimes, many times, my painting process feels random, but truth is life and current events seep in and guide my blind hand.
Without knowing it, this painting turned out to be about the many homes lost along the East coast during hurricane Sandy and the countless storms that have swept away homes and lives along the fluid margins of our island home.
One of the things I love about the painting process, is how paintings reinvent themselves.
Just when I think I have a clue who they are and where they are going, they totally transform.
Often when I think a piece is done it turns out it was just resting.
As for this one, specifically, it came out of the painting posted on August 13, 2012.
It has surface details that show better when you click on the image.
Hopefully you did not blow your entire gift budget at the malls, superstores, and soulless chains yesterday!
That sort of shopping can leave you feeling empty and confused, like eating cotton candy and calling it dinner.
Wherever you are, if you need a special gift this season, go to your local gallery or arts cooperative and buy an original piece of art. It is a great feeling!
This year I will have "small works" for sale in Concord, Massachusetts at the Concord Art Association as well as the Freedom Trails Gallery in Amherst, Massachusetts.
I also have a selection of paintings available at Surroundings Gallery in Gardner, Massachusetts.
Gardner Area League of Artists GALA Fall Art Show
November 16-18, 2012
Gardner Senior Center
294 Pleasant St., Gardner, MA
Friday 6-9:30 p.m.
Live Music & Refreshments
Awards, 7 p.m.
Saturday 11a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
This is an open, community art show that celebrates the wide range of work being done in Gardner and the many small, surrounding towns of Central Massachusetts. This is the most unassuming, warm and welcoming groups of artists and art appreciators you will ever find. Admission is free.
I have been working on this painting, on and off, for two years.
On at least one other occasion, I thought it was completed.
I even framed it and submitted it to a show (rejected).
This time, I was too lazy to take it out of the frame, a black float frame, and just worked on it in that state.
So, with that history, I am reluctant to say it is finished.
Some time this week I will try to get a better photo, I was just chomping at the bit to get something new up on the blog.
Earlier this fall I went out painting in Uxbridge, MA with a group of friends.
This was the first of two paintings I did. At first it was quite tight, so back at the studio I reworked it.
I liked it better, but it still didn't sit right with me.
The other day I realized what it needed was cropping, and had it been a work on paper, that is exactly what I would have done.
Instead, I painted out sections with a deep brown. For the folks who like to see things literally, it might look like I am looking through a porch, but it is really, it is just my way of organizing space.
That is part of the really gratifying thing about painting to me; I get to say, "This is how I choose to present things" and I don't feel I need any further rationalization.
Weather forecasters are whipping themselves into a funnel cloud of excitement over the "cone of probability" of the so called Frankenstorm.
Meanwhile I have been working on this painting that I had been thinking was a Nor'easter.
Who knows, maybe art is a vehicle for prescience!
So here's my contradiction: I always grab crazy intense color to work with, but when I look at art, the pieces I am really drawn to have a lot of whites and neutrals.
Here is an attempt to incorporate some of those tints.
This piece appeared earlier on this blog (September 18, 2012) as a riotous red thing.
Tales from a Test Tube: Abstractions and Reactions
the works of
Andrew Duncan, Joanne Holtje, Lionel Reinford, and Emily Sandagata
Curated by Jerry Beck Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2012 1-3 p.m.
100 Research Drive, Wilmington, MA
for more information please visit beyondbenign
This will be a really exciting show in an interesting, totally unorthodox venue.
The exhibit will be up until January 11, 2013, but after the opening, it will be shown only by appointment.
I probably should have waited until I got a better photo as the color is a little off, but I am just so excited by this medium & process!
I have only just begun to experiment with making monotypes with encaustic, and I am loving it.
When I have paint left over on my palette I just can't throw it out.
I would rather waste a small canvas than the paint.
After these "palette scrapers" dry, I go back into them and try to turn them into something.
This one reminds me of a small landscape my mother had of a man hoeing a field under a moody sky. It was painted by her step-mother's uncle, F.W. Jackson, a minor British painter active during the late 1880's and into the early 1900's.
I am really pleased that this recent painting of mine has been selected by juror, Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of the Contemporary Collection at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to be included in the 13th Annual Frances N. Roddy Competition at the Concord Art Association.
Frankly. I was a little uneasy about this painting, as religious imagery is not my "thing", but this was one of those paintings that just sort of emerged, and I felt confident in its strength.
What I was thinking about as I painted it was the persistence of brutality that humans inflict on one another.
Specifically, I was thinking about the current bloodshed in Syria.
Perhaps the image of the crucifixion is my way of hoping that something good can rise for the ashes of violence.
Show runs from September 13 through October 14th, 2012
opening reception Thursday, September 13th 6-8 p.m.
Another fine Monday night painting class with Bob Collins at Post Road Art Center.
In a three hour session I whipped through four paintings (thanks for the extra canvas, Bob!).
This was the first and most belabored. I made some changes back at my studio when the paint had dried enough to get back into it. It looks a bit stiff to me, but I feel like I am starting to wrap my head around figure painting.
Soon I will post the others, which are smaller, more abstract, and really fun.