June, 2008

Jun 08

Day-3 painting "Slow Ruin"


Much of this third day I spend exploring evocative color relationships in the contrasting play of light and shadow, adding subtle warm colors into the cool-dominating shadows.

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Jun 08

Second day’s effort on "Slow Ruin"

On day-2 of Slow Ruin I continued organizing a flowing distribution of interesting shapes and contrasting values. Strengthening the darks in the foreground shadows adds additional mystery and drama to the scene.

At the beginning of my art training, my high school art instructor gave some valuable advice: “The secret to making great art is knowing when to quit.” A surgeon-friend with a love of painting shared his own version of this advice, impressed upon him in his medical training; “The enemy of good is better.” A surgeon can finesse a patient to death was my friend’s sobering commentary. It’s good to be an artist!

Even with only a canvas or drawing at stake I do stay vigilant from the moment I begin a my work, aware that at anytime I may see something I like too much to risk losing. At that moment, if I’m smart, I call it quits.

However, for now this painting continues….

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Jun 08

Slow Ruin, day-1

This is my latest effort, a pastel painting begun yesterday. I expect to be working on over the next few days and sharing its progress.

The desert southwest is a favorite place and inspiration: ancient, expansive, and mysterious. Experience and memory are a reflective kaleidoscope. The challenge is taking this mental landscape and turning into a tangible expression.
My first marks on this painting was made with a pastel stick of dark, cool brown color. I begin assembling big shapes and sweeping movements that please my eye and express my general sense of mystery and appreciation for the world we alive.

Rough-hewn shapes and simple lines evolve and give way to more refined and complex shapes and rhythmic forms. Additional color and contrasting values are applied. My first aim is to create an expressive and intriguing painting surface; rendering a subject (representational or abstract) is a subordinate priority. I draw and paint as a sculptor chips away at stone in order to liberate both form and feeling.

Chance marks often create more interesting art than the more planned and carefully crafted. For example, in this scene the block of stone perched in silhouette at the center on a sloping debris-field has a descriptive brevity, stylizied and abstracted. It is a convincing and evocative shorthand. One of the pleasures of painting is living for a time in more than one interesting world. More on this painting in the next blog….

I am working on Colorfix pastel board, the color is Elephant Grey, 23″ x 36.”

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