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Transparency: Where to start?

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With so many different directions to go in, I’ve been thinking a lot about where to start? Most of my paintings in the last several years have started with pooled colors that I then respond to in a variety of ways. But with a painting of this size, I want a plan as to where I’m going. I can’t get half way through, and corner myself with a color or compositional problem, that could be really costly to fix due to the sheer size of the piece. Plus, I have a client that wants a general idea of what they are getting, and I need to deliver it on time for the lobby opening. I can’t get stuck for a month trying to resolve a problem, which—let’s be realistic—might happen anyway!

On my way in to the studio last night, I saw a card of mine that caught my eye. It had a detail of a small painting I had done a couple of years ago on it, where I used cheese cloth as the basis of one of the layers. It gave me an idea…. I took some cheesecloth I had laying around in the studio and I projected it 8-feet high on my studio wall:


I was excited about the potential of using this as an idea, or at least as part of the process, so I decided to make a large marker sketch (this is about 4 x 5 feet) to get a feel for the pattern it made, and how I might manipulate the negative and positive shapes. Too literal here, but the idea is taking hold….

Cheesecloth scketch

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April 13th, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Transparency: How am I going to work on a painting this big?

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So, I’ve landed this great painting commission to make a large-scale work (14 x 8 feet). But how the heck am I going to work on a painting that big? It will be hung at least 9 or 10 feet off the floor, and will take up an entire wall in my studio!

Scaffolding is in order! However, it needs to be small and light enough for me to haul up the three flights to my space, be easy to set-up and take down, and not take a huge amount of storage when not in use. So off to Home Depot I go… where I picked up this lightweight system and set it up in my space to see if it would do the job.

Okay, so it’s a little small, and an artist on my floor who does large mosaic public installations (I’m talking several stories high), thinks I’ll be unhappy to work on something this small, but to be honest, I think it’s going to work out perfectly for me. It beats working on a ladder for the next four to six months, and it folds down to almost nothing when I don’t need it. Besides, I can always “upgrade” if I really need to.

Time will tell.



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April 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Transparency: The making of an 8′ x 14′ painting on commission

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Recently I was awarded a commission for an 8 x 14 foot painting. It will be hung in a new lobby in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.

I’ve never made a painting this large (my largest to date is 4.5 x 9 feet – on paper), and working nearly twice as big will be a challenge on many levels. What is my materials strategy, how will my process scale up in size, and how long will it really take? What will it be like to create a painting for a client and a specific space as opposed to just painting whatever I want? What don’t I know? How will this expand my working process and move my art forward?

I’m hoping that I answer these questions in the next several months as I do my best to semi-forally document the progress of this particular painting. An artist journal of sorts to keep a detailed record of each step and to make my process transparent to anyone who may be interested in watching as it unfolds.

So it all began by first visiting the site of where the painting will be installed, just to get a feel for the location and space. This is the “before” picture and the wall that my painting will go on.


And here is the architect’s early rendering of what the renovated space will look like (sans my painting) when it is due to officially open in the Fall of 2015:


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April 1st, 2015 at 3:56 pm