Saturday, May 29, 2021

Layering and Excavating: Working the Surface

 If you missed last week's zoom mini-workshop on Layering and Excavating, you can now purchase access to the video recording of it. Click here to buy it.

This is one of the pieces demonstrated in Layering and Excavating. Learn how to layer with transparent paints using a squeegee, create fog with opaque paint, carve lines through alcohol-softened paint, and more. Click here for access.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Layering and Excavating Technique Takeaway

Join me this Friday, May 21, for a Zoom demonstration of Layering and Excavating Techniques. This is part of Winslow Art Center's Technique Takeaway series, little bite-size workshops focusing on specific techniques. 5:00 - 6:30 pm EASTERN TIME, 2:00 - 3:30 Pacific. Sign up here.

This is a brief video showing some of what I will cover.


Friday, May 14, 2021

Abstract Invitational at Shain Gallery

 A selection of my Stripes pieces are in the Abstract Invitational 2021 show at Shain Gallery, in Charlotte, NC. If you are in the area, go take a look. It is only up for a couple of weeks.

Common Thread #7, 20x20", acrylic on canvas

Common Thread #5, 20x20", acrylic on canvas

Stacked Stripes #12, 12x12", acrylic on panel

Stacked Stripes #11, 12x12", acrylic on panel

Stacked Stripes #14, 12x12", acrylic on panel

Stacked Stripes #13, 12x12", acrylic on panel

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

New Directions

 I wander into the territory of representational painting every now and then, with the idea that maybe I can explore the abstract content I so love in the context of pictures. I SO love works that walk that line between purely abstract and representational. I'm fascinated by how little it can take to suggest a whole scene from what is otherwise just shapes, lines, colors, values, marks, and scribbles that consist of material applied to a surface.

Jane Lewis's life drawings, for example, are masterful scribbles evoking all the weight and presence of the figures they represent. I see the figure, but I see the charcoal or pastel, and the gesture just as much. Material, process, subject, all have equal importance in these.

Sherri Cassell's Landscapes, countless other landscape painters, Jylian Gustlyn's vessels, Wendy McWilliams' florals, Julie Hamilton's work: these are just a few examples of artists whose work, to me, speaks as eloquently of abstract content and material as it does of its subject. 

Here are a few examples of my latest foray into representational images. Consider these all in process. They are on 18"x24" Bristol.

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