"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was." -Jackson Pollock
I do not seek to be confrontational in the manner of Pollock. In fact, it would seem that my abstracts seek to blend in, at the moment. That may be every bit as subversive. Certainly things to think about. Happy Thursday Y'all!
I love seeing where other people work & how they have their studio layed out: this extends to beauty collections on youtube. I always learn something about their process, hence todays studio snapshots. It is half of a two-car garage & I love it! I have been working here for 1.5 years so things have crept onto the walls & some clutter along with the work. But mostly the chaos is kept at bay. One thing I have found most useful is always having fresh water & paint ready to go. That way the second I walk in I can work & not have to worry about getting supplies ready. Happy Monday Y'all!
The entire time, prior to my month hiatus in the ADK, I was working on the aerial views I thought I was drawing inspiration from my time spent in the LowCountry waterways. Then I drove up to camp. As I entered the mountains I saw the forms that I have been laying down open up in front of me. I have been painting variations on the mountains & that has created the waterways. I find the interconnectedness intriguing. Happy Friday Y'all!
After a month of not painting why not tackle the biggest white expanse you can find? That is certainly my M.O. This painting is 22"x30". Also why not change the paper while you are at it? I used Rives BFK, my all time favorite paper, which is a cotton rag mould made cold press, as opposed to the HOT press Arches watercolor paper I had been using for this series. I figured why not tackle the large paper? There is no time like the present. It is very exciting to be painting again & I am on the lookout for even larger paper. Happy Thursday Y'all!
This summer I learned how to make strawberry jam. I have made it a few times before, but this summer I feel like I really understood the process & could make it by myself, if I was inclined. There are many steps, but first among them is acquiring strawberries in bulk. The most delicious way to do that is pick them yourself. I do not remember the last time I ate something as tasty as the first strawberry. You have to test the strawberries, in the field; it is important to choose a strawberry you think will be good & then find out if it is, so as you go along picking you will have an idea of what to look for. Truly the warm sweetness that cascaded in my mouth was a version of Beulah. If I had not had an expert jam maker leading the process I would have been lost. I would not have know to test a strawberry, just how clean to make the jar tops, or a half a teaspoon of butter in the berries before the pectin makes all the difference (because butter makes everything better). All of these things are critical to a successful finished product. Expertise, know-how, knowledge, whatever you want to call it, is as crucial to this process as it is to art-making. You need to approach with a beginners wonder & openness and take in the knowledge & process of a pro. Sometimes you can be your own teacher thru trial & error, but other times you can learn from a master & then take what you learn & make it your own. Thank you Mary for teaching me about jammin'. Happy Friday Y'all!
Almost every summer since I was 16 I have worked at a summer camp on a lake in the Adirondacks. It is that time of year again & to camp I will go. Some would say I should never take a day away from the studio, but I say it is crucial to my process to go & observe the world for a month without thinking about its translation to the page. It brings me back to my work refreshed & with new eyes. So with that dear friends I will say TTFN, happy Friday & I'll see y'all in July.
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