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Past as Future

I’m beginning to look at past work as not just a guide from where I’ve come but as a way finder, forward. Each painting is painted at a specific moment in time. It’s THAT artist with THAT idea with THOSE materials and THAT level of skill encapsulated in time through paint.  It’s fascinating to see the ideas I’ve tried on and put away. Half formed. More fully formed later. It’s like listening to a recorded conversation and just thinking about how the people were feeling at the time of their discussion.   They are also a really useful catalog for...

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How I Want to Work

I’m running into a new challenge. The weather really affects how quickly things dry. My studio can be cold and very damp. This won’t be a problem once the heat of the summer begins but some of my processes won’t translate to winter. I either need to make sure I'm working through a bunch at a time with some taking days to dry OR I need to swap out some of my techniques. Or, I guess, both. Swapping techniques is the most straightforward. Some of them will have one to one options. For example, if I’m doing a float using...

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Start Four New Ones

Well. I’ve short term abandoned my 7. I have no idea where to go. I keep sitting down intent on figuring it out and I’m caught between uncertainty and preciousness. I’m worried I will ruin the elements within the painting I like.  So here are the new starts. I’m using some of what I’ve learned with the 7. It’s very fun to be able to start again and use what you’ve discovered.      Variation of type size: Using the one set of larger stamps I have. That definitely akes s difference. Focal areas: I’m trying to be mindful of...

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The Bliss of the Abandoned Painting

Between giving up on a painting but before throwing it in the fire, there’s a mental space of blissful and absolute freedom. You’ve reached a point that otherwise might take years of meditation and therapy. It’s at this point you’ve abandoned a painting but that abandonment has released all expectations. You truly do not care about the outcome. This is the perfect place to be creating anything. Because it’s not that you’ve abandoned all of your artistic principles on the side of the road. Instead, you’ve stopped taking yourself so damn seriously. You’ve disbanded the illusion that you’re meant for...

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Ah Yes: The Middle Stages

I knew this would be the hard part...and it sure is.  One of the challenges right now is figuring out what questions to ask when. And I guess it comes back to my intent. What am I trying to do? I’m trying to create an abstract painting that is optimistic and playful. I put down the pink gel scrapes and the Fluorescent Red feels WAY too strong. It obliterates all color beneath it. Completely. You can see some of the stamping and scribbling below but oof. I love that sense of layering. I want to have that in the finished...

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