Terra Animam

This is the time of year that resets my body clock as well as my soul clock and reconnects me to the land. I love autumn I don't love winter. I love the crisp thin air and unfiltered sun, the shadows the angles of amazing light, the colors, the sounds and the smells.

It is a time for soups and sweaters and deep complicated poetry. It is a time for examining subtext and metaphor.

Terra Animam: oil/cold wax on cradled birch wood. 16x16x2

Terra Animam: oil/cold wax on cradled birch wood. 16x16x2

 

I am still working from home mostly to finish some small paintings, and in the middle of it all I am changing up my palette to one that is warmer, earthy and soulful. The switch back to oils has been a bit of an up and down, but now I am in my groove and feel good about moving on to larger pieces. Going back and forth from canvas to wood has also been a yin yang of indecision. I think with the more washed out paintings I like canvas and for the textured pieces with a lot of wax I am leaning towards the wood. We are in the process of building some large cradled panels for the studio in the city and I am about two weeks away from having all of the smaller in progress pieces finished. This will also get me beyond a deadline that I have for the end of October. After that I will have a nice stretch of time to finally move things back from home to the city and take a few days off before starting on the new work.

 

Public Art

I have had seven paintings selected by Hotel Covington, a new boutique hotel in Covington Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati) to be displayed in their new building. All are from the older colorful landscape - ish works from a couple of years ago. Will get some photos of the work after it has been installed.

Winters Work

We are in the second week of September and the temps are still in the 90's here in the little river valley. I had hoped to be back in my downtown studio this week and had already moved a lot of things down there, but the weather has me still in my sun room studio at home. As I am nearing some deadlines I had to go ahead and start work on my oil pieces. Oils are such an adjustment from working with acrylics (and vice versa) that I am still wrapping my head around the drying time. I am taking paintings out to my old studio building to dry. I still need to get things moved around so that I can get back into my old building.Never quite got things back to normal after the rain damage and roof repairs. Hopefully next spring we can do that. I will still keep the space in the city because it has such great light and the energy of that old warehouse is not replaceable. I have looked at other spaces in other arts complexes and nothing has appealed to me.

My work will be featured as Artist of The Month at the art center at the end of the month. For as many years as I have had space in the building this is the first time I put my name in for an artist of the month spot. This is also the month of the buildings 25th Anniversary Silent Auction. Lots going on.

 

Affinity I: oil, cold wax, graphite on textured canvas 12x12x3

But back to the oils, I am really excited to be back to this work. I got distracted last year working on the oils and a couple of other opportunities had me staying with acrylics. Now my path has been cleared to work on these most of the time. I first learned to paint with oils and they are really my first love when it comes to materials. I get anxious working with them after being with acrylics for an extended period, but am starting to find my groove. I also wanted to take some of what I had been doing with acrylics and carry that thru into the oils. In particular with the color field paintings and minimal works. Working with oil and cold wax, I build some under layers with acrylic and clear gesso, so getting the best of both worlds.

Just Do The Work

I got up this morning and painted over my study pieces. I also deleted the pages of past work from this website. I am listing only works from the current year. Twice in recent weeks I have been approached to do a commission piece based on old work.  Not to mention the many inquiries about work that has long since been sold. As one commission did not pan out, I must say that I was not all that comfortable with doing it. I feel that with my work I move on, I am always moving on and I would gladly create a work of art that speaks to my current sensibilities, but as I have thought long and hard about it, I will no longer entertain the idea of creating a work for hire based on old work, or something that isn't even in my style.

I guess I am just selfish because working up a job proposal for a site specific piece takes time and in this last situation it took away precious time from another project that I really do want to be involved in. So even as I have been doing this for a long time, I can get caught up in things that I really do not want to do. Hopefully this will set me straight for awhile.

In the meantime I am working on a new project for the fall and hope to be able to show some of the work very soon. Life is a journey... exhale!!