The Great Divide

I seem to always be at this place. Dividing line or not. A dividing line often implies landscape, even when this is not the intention at all. I think more in terms of planes and fields. The sort of thing one is taught in beginning painting classes. Not necessarily based in representation or abstraction, but rather a gesture, a thought blip. It can be stark like a complete mood change, or subtle as in casually mulling it over. When it is all said and done, I really don't think about it. I can name it for the outside world, but the outside world usually finds the reference point all on it's own. Based on the experience and circumstance of the viewer, it is futile to put so much energy into how one might be perceived in an unknown future.

Having said all of that I find myself working on a project for mid autumn that has me back to my grid mentality and lines, dividing lines and nebulous ramblings. The kind of work that usually plays out better on paper (for me) than canvas. I am taking from my old playbook with the textures and application of paint and graphite (lots of graphite) and a precise color palette for the entire series. With the smaller ones like this one shown (there are nine). Two of them are finished and two more are in progress. Another large piece, a test run for site specific project that I may or may not get the go ahead on is also in the works. With the color palette chosen for me, I was able to work things around so that I could use the same palette for both projects. This is good because it was chosen based on some other completed works. Keeping me (mostly) in my comfort zone.

So two things: a project for a show and a project for a commercial space. Fingers crossed that it all comes out a win win.

Landscape 2015

After rubbing a couple of nice blister on my hands with my cutting blade (blade paintings) I am taking some time to catch up on those landscapes that have been on the back burner. Not to mention the challenge of a commission in this style after not working this way for over a year.

Vignette Series 2013-14 acrylic on canvas

Vignette Series 2013-14 acrylic on canvas

The real challenge for me is in taking away the hard edged horizon line. I usually either have one like in the painting above, or I eliminate it completely while trying to maintain a landscape feel to the piece. With the new ones that I have been prepping canvas for, I am doing my best to remove that hard line and replace it with gestural lines while working the composition out and painting with a loose stroke using a Catalyst wedge. I like them better for softer strokes, better than the metal trowels.

New work in progress, acrylic on canvas 2015.. landscape art

New work in progress, acrylic on canvas 2015.. landscape art


I also feel like I need a break from the hard edge altogether. Something is pulling me to a more organic flow, and honestly I welcome it. Welcome the idea of letting the paint do the work, because those blade paintings are a workout. They have also been on my easel almost non stop for over a year, so it's time for a change. Feeling very relaxed and ready to dive into some color.

Corporate Color

These three paintings were recently purchased for the PNC Bank Tower Collection in Pittsburgh PA. Thanks, to everyone involved who made this happen. Hope to get to PA soon to see them on the walls of their new home. Nice that so many people will see them everyday.

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