About the process of translating language/thought into color/texture on page, pedestal, and wall.
To love both the material and the process is to be lost joyfully in each day.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The Rest of the Process
Having finished the 12 x 12 canvases pictured in an earlier post, I moved on to a quartet of larger work - each piece is 16"x32". This shows a bit of the progress - here I am into the 3rd or 4th layer, building texture and basic composition of shapes and flow. Of course I always prefer, when I do a work in a form meant to hang together, that the entire work sells. But I also try to make it possible to pluck one or two pieces out so that they work as pairs or singly.
Here the flower shapes are emerging - looking like hollyhocks, loosely interpreted. Within the texture and color I am almost always looking for a certain mood issuing forth from memory, or as a reflection of memory. I paint to leave as much room as possible for the viewer's memories, sparked by my work, to flood in. When the viewer is able to find his/her own memory in the painting, the conversation is complete.
This is the most right hand side of the quartet - very textural, very colorful. The narrow shape of the piece keeps it from being overwhelming. It is rich and intimate close up, soft and quiet from a distance.