Demarcate

Thinking back to the first impasto works of this new train of thought I am finding that the preconceived horizon line is becoming very distracting to me. Not that I want to eliminate the gesture, but would rather not start out with it in mind. In a way I want to just scrap everything and start over with this in mind. Start over where I left off with the grid paintings in 2001. Not that I want to continue with the grid paintings, I do not as they were built entirely of texture and painted later in oils. I want to continue in that I am building the texture primarily out of paint. Being a year back into a daily painting routine I am happy that this work is finally starting to make some sense to me. I know I have said that before and at the time I was feeling much the same as now. How to know when it will lead to something is the million dollar question. It can take years to find a groove or purpose in the work, and then again the work can dictate the flow and learning curve. Last night I was working on a piece and realized that I wanted to paint over the horizon line. I left it so that I could look at it with fresh eyes this a.m. Having done so I am certain that I want to open up the field. I am also applying paint as a transfer, as I do with works on paper, and using less texture in the base that outlines the composition.

 detail from grid painting: autumnal 1999

detail from grid painting: autumnal 1999


 detail: work in progress, today 2014

detail: work in progress, today 2014

I am excited about the rapid changes in the work, it means that I am going to get where I want to be sooner rather than later. It will also be helpful in setting up my new studio. Still no real word about that, although I did hear that there may be an opening at the end of May. Not the exact space I am looking for, but one that I could move into while I wait for a larger studio in the building.

Breaking old habits can be hard, but I am going to give myself some time to work this out without the premeditation of something being a landscape, seascape or anything remotely related to a horizon line. If one should find it's way in, fine, I can deal with that. It's the initial thought process that I am more concerned with. I do not want to limit myself, which is exactly what I have been doing.