Studio time and house work…

Lately I’ve been making a little less progress in the studio as the outdoor activities like gardening and landscaping demand attention. As the Little Flapper series continues with numbers 24-26, it’s kind of nice to give them a little longer gestation period. I must admit these current surfaces are pretty unique and have presented some challenge in finding resolution. As the finishing touches are made I’m already stretching up the next in line to motivate the completion of the trio in process.  

The series continues…

It’s been a lot of fun creating the LF body of paintings. This work flow has been capturing my imagination more so than the various series of the past.  Although they are all enjoyed and aesthetically awkward by design, sometimes one in particular will seem like a personal breakthrough. I usually put that one up on the wall and think “I’d never sell this one.” LOL.  If only that were an actual problem…one that I hope to have some day.  As long as I keep gaining purchase on this journey of material expression, it should be appropriate to swap out the “favorite” spot on a regular basis. 

I’d also like to note that the mention of  “awkward by design” refers to my personal relationship to studio work and a continued quest to make art which embraces an intuitive guidance methodology.  Process art in modern times often lacks the restraint of aesthetic governance, while a full throttle mode of expression impales the viewer with an attempt which falls short of a quality experience.

My point in all of this is that I truly believe we all have the ability to tap into the same mother load of creative goodness. Perhaps the way to get there is to be a superior technician like the Dutch Masters, or maybe it lies in the air as the paint was pulled by gravity before it landed on Pollock’s canvas. Who really knows. I don’t have it figured out at all, but while locked in the trance of process I can’t think of anything else than what is happening in that moment. A continual state of that dynamic is where it’s at as far as I’m concerned.


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