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Diffraction

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New work: “Diffraction” 30 x 30 inches, acrylic on panel.

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August 17th, 2012 at 11:05 am

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Entanglement

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New work: “Entanglement” 16 x 16 inches, acrylic on panel.

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July 26th, 2012 at 8:55 am

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Beach Drawings

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No, not drawings OF the beach…just playing around while AT the beach…

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July 5th, 2012 at 10:27 am

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Regarding Process vs. the End Product

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Last night I met with my peer group which is a part of the Artist’s Professional Toolbox course I’m taking from the Boston Art’s and Business Council of Greater Boston. In our peer group we have a structured part of our meeting, where we each get time to talk about where we are at and then get feedback.

When it was my turn I shared how I’ve been struggling with meeting goals I’ve set for completing a series of paintings I’ve been working on this fall. My first deadline was to have them done by Thanksgiving.

I missed that one.

Now I’ve set a new one for the end of the year and I’m not sure I’m going to make that one either. I’ve been getting time in the studio (although it does vary from week to week) but I’m frustrated with the fact that I’m most likely going to miss this second deadline.

That’s when someone asked me: “Are you more interested in the process or the end result?”

I had to stop and think.

In reality, it’s a bit of both. But lately I’ve been so focused on just trying to get to the finish line of my goals that I’m missing the process. I’ve been making decisions in my work just to move it forward rather than taking the time to be more conscious about my choices of composition and color. So I added something like, “I’ve been painting unconsciously.”

That’s when someone asked me: “Is that a bad thing?”

No.

In some ways my work is about the unconscious part of our being, and how that unconsciousness mixes and flows in the ether to  collectively create what we call our “life experience.” So perhaps I can give the paintings that have developed more unconsciously some validity – even if I think they are “bombs.” More importantly, I’m being reminded that it’s about the process and not the end result. Isn’t life about the journey, not the destination?

Yet I still struggle with the deadline dilemma. As a painter, we are conditioned to create as much product as we can. We always need to be churning out new work. With an exhibition deadline looming it often becomes about the end product rather than the process. Perhaps there really isn’t an answer to this….since all of life seems to be a cycle of ups and downs the focus between process and product may just have this same cycle too and it’s something I need to figure out how to ride.

Anyway, here’s the last “unconscious” painting I finished (quick shot)…

Currently Untitled, 16×16, acrylic on panel.

And here’s one that has sort of been running on auto pilot. I’m stuck on my color direction. I added this bright turquoise blue and now don’t know what to do. (It was part of an unconscious choice in a rush to finish the piece)…

Work in process, 30×30 inches, acrylic on panel.

So I’m going back to nature to see what can inspire me on it’s next step. I’ve got a composite of images below I hope to pull from and see what happens. It’s interesting to find that these unusual and saturated color combinations actually exist out there.

 

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December 16th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Volcanic Mangrove

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Below is a second painting in my “earth” series (Arctic Desert being the first). This one is titled Volcanic Mangrove. I documented this painting at each step (well  almost, I missed documenting one layer). I wanted to have the whole process in one blog post so I added entries chronologically, with the most recent entry at the top and the full history below it.

Dimensions of this piece is 16 x 16 inches and it is acrylic on panel.

Layer Nine:

Layer Eight:

Layer Seven:

Layers Five and Six:


Layer Four:
(this needs to be color corrected and re-posted, I’ve moved computer systems around with my studio move and I need to go find the original to this shot.)

Layer Three:

Sometime back at the start of the year I created a series of grounds consisting of pigment that was sprayed onto board, allowed to dry, and then sprayed with a second color and/or third color. In some instances the layers of color were sprayed on wet on wet. The goal was to lay down an initial field of color, as well as create a ground that has an element of random chaos. I’m curious to see if having a more textural ground will require less layers of detailed painting. So this is where the painting began.

Layer Two (red):

Layer One (orange):

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July 16th, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Arctic Desert

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New work.

Unlike the Matrix series, this painting did not use any computer technology and was produced entirely in an ‘analog’ manner. I was curious to use the same basic process sans technology to see how, if any, the resulting experience of the work changed. I used satellite photographs of the earth as my source instead of movies scenes of computer animation. And instead of using Photoshop to deconstruct the images to use as my templates, I drew directly onto transparencies from the source? photographs. I also made all color and composition decisions during the physical creation of the painting and not preplanned on the computer. This particular painting mixes images from arctic crevasse fields? to river runoff of the African desert. How do these two disparate ecological environments mix and flow with each other? And how does the interweaving of natural/organic material compare to the interweaving of artificial/digital data?


> Arctic Desert
, acrylic on wood panel, 36 x 36 inches, 2010.


> Crevasse field, Fiescher Glacier, Swiss Alps.


> Algae from the crust of alluvial sand along the Tsondebvlei in the Namib Desert, Namibia.


> Crevasse field, Zwillings Glacier, Swiss Alps.

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May 2nd, 2010 at 5:42 pm

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