Saturday, February 28, 2015

Last Day of February 2015

    One of my goals for 2015 is to post works in progress. I have two paintings on my easel this week and they are both far from finished but here they are. This first one is an angel. A few years ago I spent a summer doing a series of angels. Every one of them has been sold except for the one nearest to my heart. Each one seemed to have a predestined owner, not intentional on my part, just kizmit I guess.   I am resurrecting the angels but I have to tell you that the angels are different than my other paintings in that they....hmm...how to say this....they come to my canvas in a different way. Most of my paintings come from an explicit need to express a feeling or a passion for a scene. The angels show up on my canvas as some kind of extension of my subconscious. More on that later.

 The second painting is another of my Rufus Porter inspired pieces. Again it is very much in the beginning stages but hopefully with quiet rainfall on the roof of my studio tonight, I will make lots of progress.



Quote of the Day:  "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."  ~ Robert Frost

Song of the Day:  "Epiphany" ~ Staind

Monday, February 16, 2015

Purging


Moving day and wow, could not be happier with the new space! Everything is in the new studio now and I can finally set about painting again.  

Moving day meant taking stock of what I need to keep and what needs to go. Most artists will agree when I say we accumulate lots of tools of the trade. We also accumulate lots of, how shall I say this...? ugly, hideous,....no, unsuccessful paintings. Ultimately they are just practice pieces. They are signed, dated, the whole process but when finished....yikes, I missed the mark. My art, no matter how unsuccessful, becomes part me. I never throw them out. I just stack these canvases in the corner and keep moving forward. Yesterday was a lesson in "letting go".  With box cutters in hand, I purged my life of those highly unsuccessful paintings. The first cut through the first painting was hard. By the end of the day I realized how necessary it is to do that on occasion. Nothing is gained by looking at your fails. Learn and move on...

Quote of the Day:  "You build on failure.You use it as a stepping stone." ~ Johnny Cash