The Joy of Painting

Posted by Dane Carder on January 9, 2016

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  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.)

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