|18" x 24"/Pastel on paper|
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
|c. 18 x 24"/Pastel and charcoal on paper/"Mixed Messages"(Detail)|
I think I now know myself much better as a painter. I think I'm still "inner directed" (to borrow a turn of words from The Lonely Crowd, David Riesmann's book of many years ago) and also open to hearing the observations of others whether accomplished practitioners or totally new to looking at art. Other voices can only contribute to the work which means, I guess, that it isn't entirely mine and that's an exciting thing to consider!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
|Oil on canvas board|
This is small, maybe 9" x 12" and has confused me almost from the outset. It has lots of my traditionally appealing elements: horizon up, tunnel view, trees (mostly ambivalent/ambiguous limbs), something solid and something transparent, road...all symbolic though familiar. The style direction has me puzzled. I like some forms of realism ( I build on realism) but bending this to be loose is taking effort and thought....oh no!!!!!!!!!
Rx: think slowly, paint fast. I put this away two months ago and I think I can now go back to it! More later.