Seems like a good day…

for another blog post. 

It is now the beginning of February and my timeline for applying to a few juried competitions is drawing near. Recently I’ve begun making more drawings which support my sketchbook work and paintings. I look forward to chipping away at this manifesting vision of abstract landscapes which contain neither imagery nor lettering, in favor of attempts at translating an atmosphere which is in flux and transition. I can’t say for sure right now how this will pan out but the paintings might be getting more crisp and graphic as a reflection of the drawings…in contrast to the previous NO. series which have quite a lot of thin overpainting and a misty colorized dynamic. 

As I continue to explore why my marks are expressed in the way that they are it is becoming clear that these angles are in relation to both light/ shadows and earthly terrain/ flora. Even though my work has gone down in scale due to necessity I feel that the vertical frame of reference is my ally in attempts to create dynamic compositions. Some day it will be a kick to take this approach back up to a larger scale and see where it goes. 

Some acrylic adventures…

have been happening as works evolve in the studio this year. 

I’m keeping at the same series but it might be transforming a bit. These three are more atmospheric and transparent but built off the accomplishments of the ones coming before. Just about the time I was finishing these up I was able to buy a few acrylic paint pens which are new to me. So far the results have been percolating nicely and I look forward to sharing more of the new developments in the near future.

Hello 2016!

Last year flew by and was very productive.

In terms of continuing the painted journey I feel that progress was made in the studio and with my body of work. The last three paintings of the year, to me, feel the strongest of which NO.12 is from that group.

My plan for the new year is to continue with this series while trying to push the quality of these abstract landscapes. I will also once again  apply for my preferred juried competitions and hope that new connections will be made with like minded people. 

At the start of the new year I’ve been enjoying drawing in my sketchbooks and working on mini cardboard “paintings” to keep things flowing and experimental. We shall see how this manifests in the paintings to come.

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