The Joy of Painting
By the end of 2015, it was obvious to me that I needed to experience more joy in my studio practice. For the past nine years, I have been making paintings largely based on Civil War photographs… not the most joyous of subjects. It has been a worthwhile and essential endeavor, and it is not over. I don’t have specific plans for the next phase of those image based paintings, and I am not concerned at all about that. I have accumulated an enormous amount of work that fills a significant portion of my studio… it is an energetically powerful collection of paintings that slightly haunt me.
I needed to move on to another series to inject a blast of fresh vibrations in the studio, and I have already launched into that series. There are tons of pinks, burgundies, golds, and patterns. Coinciding with that series, I have committed to a year long project to make one painting a week… each a 24″x24″ efficiently formulated and executed “study.” I needed to explore color again, to study abstraction again, and to play with paint again. So, I have completed the first and have just started the second. It appears that Friday to Friday is the timeline of each… and, on this blog I will post an image of the finished painting and offer it up for sale. If you are interested, please just comment here or get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to come browse the completed works at my studio, as I am there most mornings during the week. Thanks for all the support. Happy New Year!
(I have not settled on a title for the project or the first painting.)