The work I have been admiring lately by Stella Maria Baer & Lorraine Loots is round. As someone that has spent the majority of the past decade exploring stripes it is interesting that the work I like looking at is round. I am in the camp of artists that believes in making artwork you, yourself want to live with. So there is the distinct possibility that I will be exploring these pebble shapes for awhile, or perhaps I just enjoy looking at them & have no desire to create them. Only time will tell, so stay tuned. Happy Friday Y'all!
Yesterday I had my eyes dilated during my yearly eye exam. You would think that having your eyes wide open would be a good thing, that the world would come into clearer focus, that you would see more detail, that all would be revealed... Maybe I'm getting carried away with my hopes for vision, but you get the idea. Unfortunately the opposite happens, your vision blurs, the light is offensive, and if you are like me you spend the rest of the day in a dark room with sunglasses on waiting for your sight to be restored, as trying to focus your eyes on anything is futile. As a visual person not being able to take in the world around me is challenging, but it provides a pause & brings me back to sight with renewed vigor. Happy Wednesday Y'all!
This painting has a lot less of the salt detailing, but still manages to convey the topographical qualities that I find intriguing in this series. What is it they say about steering a boat? Small course corrections are all it takes. The same is true in painting. Just a little less, a little more of this or that & the result is entirely different. As always I am sure there is a broader more moral lesson to be learned in this as well regarding our actions & words to each other. Things to think about & paint about. Happy Tuesday Y'all!
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
I am not suggesting, by pairing this painting with the Twain quote, that my work is radical or new, in any way, but I have been thinking about what behaviour, or ideas, are considered extreme, which are blaise, & what does it mean to be a radical? Happy Thursday Y'all!
This painting reminds me more of algae than the other aerial views. Perhaps because of my rigorous use of salt. It has some of the elements, but seems determined to move into another arena. Perhaps I will explore this edge, or perhaps resume my previous course. Navigating these choices is what keeps the work exciting & fresh. Happy Tuesday Y'all!