I am so pleased to tell you that this painting, along with several others, is in Miami with Hang Art, where the Aqua Art Miami Fair begins this evening.
I created large pieces for the fair- the above painting is 36 x 48 inches- and while I was painting and building up the layers I was thinking a lot about the balance between simplicity and complexity. My goal was to find an efficiency in the complexity. These paintings have a bit less layering and more breathing room.
I found that stripping away some of the busyness made every mark count more. Then I made sure I went over the top with one element, whether it was glitz or scale or luminescence. I’ve also been falling in love with what’s been happening in the background with the graphite, and I didn’t want that to be lost. As a result, the atmospheric stripes are more prominent in these paintings, and I’m really liking it.
If you, or anyone you know, are in Miami this week looking at art, stop by the Hang Gallery room at Aqua! They’re showing work of gallery artists who’s work deals with light and reflection, and I think it will be a fabulous showing.
Oh, 2013, you were a weird one. You had your good moments, to be sure, your elevated events and small everyday joys. But you were also moody and difficult. Hard to anticipate. Unpredictable.
I did not write here a lot in 2013. I did not feel focused enough to write here very often. My energies were spinning off in different directions. It felt like enough to just focus on my studio practice and hold my shit (mostly) together. Yet still, people came and visited. I spoke to a few of you who read what I write here, and you let me know that it’s valuable to you. That is gratifying to hear, as I often feel like I am hurling words and images into the void…
So, in the spirit of looking back and catching up, I present to you 2013, in brief.
- After a hopeful post-heart attack recovery in 2012, watched as my father’s health started to fail.
- Helped my parents move when his care was moved to UCSF and he was given a place in a heart study. He received a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) that helped his heart pump and alleviated the worst of his heart failure.
- Found some balance between letting go of my (college and high school age) children and listening/being present/giving help when they needed it. It’s a moving target. It’s a dance.
- Moved toward abstraction. I created my first entirely abstract group of paintings. So much harder than figuration. So much less to hold on to.
- Took an overnight field trip by myself to photograph in Northern California. Wandered for two days on rural roads with numbers instead of names. Saw a dead coyote nailed to a telephone pole and realized I was really in the sticks. Came back with lots of new material to think about and paint about.
- Taught two classes at Wax Works West in Santa Cruz. Had a ton of fun doing it. Will do it again.
- Finished a certificate in technical writing. Spent a few months working part time at writing and graphics. Felt like I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Wondered why I was so stressed. Wondered why I wasn’t painting more. Started grinding my teeth.
- Wanted to draw. Terrified to draw. Did not draw.
- Didn’t paint for weeks on end. Did nothing but paint for weeks on end. Continued like that throughout the year. Stop and go-go-go.
- Started re-designing my website. Still redesigning my website.
- Had my first “real” solo show in 20 years as part of the visiting artist program at R&F Paints. Taught a 3-day workshop there and thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Kingston. Thank you, R&F!
- Froze my ass off in NYC while I visited with great friends, drank gallons of coffee, explored Brooklyn a bit, and said hello to the Vermeers at the Frick Collection.
- Finally remodeled the 1970’s “Tahoe Style” family room that came with our house. Whew!
- I cut back on coffee and decided to just focus on my family and my artwork in 2014. Started exercising again. Felt better.
- My father was placed on a heart transplant list late in the year.
- The day after Christmas, the phone call: we have a heart. 24 hours later, that healthy strong heart beat in my father’s chest. I’m still trying to get my head around this gift. The amazing humanity, sacrifice, and science of it. Being by my parents’ sides as they’ve gone through this has been one of the most moving things I’ve experienced. A month on now, and my dad’s recovery is strong.
So long 2013… hello, 2014!
PS: The images above were taken on that field trip I mentioned. The land and water glowed at sunset.
I’ll have brand-spankin-new paintings on view for the first part of May at Hang Art in San Francisco alongside Fain Hancock’s lovely work. I’ll be at the opening tonight, so anyone in the area for First Thursday gallery openings, stop on in and say hello!
I’ll share a few of my favorite paintings here for those of you who can’t go to the gallery to see them.
“Woodsmoke and Sunshine”, Encaustic mixed media, 30 x 60 in.
“Tule Fog #3: I-5″, Encaustic mixed media, 24 x 48 in.
“Tule Fog: I-5″, Encaustic mixed media, 17 x 34 in.
Hope you can stop by and see them!
Here is some new work , just finished last week. These are all on the small side for me–all under 24 inches. It’s a challenge, now, for me to work small after working larger for most of last year. I have some larger panels waiting for me in the studio, though, and I’m excited to take some of these ideas into the larger formats.
Above: Cloud Index #2, 24 x 24 inches.
Precipitation, 24 x 24 inches.
Fennel After Rain, 12 x 12 inches.
Cloud Index #1, 18 x 18 inches.
Storm Warning, 12 x 12 inches.
September Light, 12 x 12 inches.
Mustard in Fog, 12 x 12 inches.
By the way, Cloud Index #1, Cloud Index #2, and Precipitation will all be available at Hang Gallery in San Francisco.
I am so pleased to be included in this upcoming group show. Thomas Morphis has done an excellent job of curating this; each artist is distinct, and the show promises to have great variety and texture! I’m looking forward to seeing it myself Saturday night at the opening.
Eileen P. Goldenberg
Opening Reception: 7-9 pm, Saturday, January 15
The gallery is open Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5 pm, and the show runs until Feb. 12.
Still working on this large piece… nearing the end, I think.
I thought I’d share some current works in progress from my studio. This piece above will be put together in the end as one piece. I’ve been inspired by other artists who work large on multiple panels. Here, I had these small 10×10 inch panels lying around, and I thought I’d use them as a little test run… and that’s my medium setting up in the muffin tins. Working large uses so. much. medium!
This is a pretty crappy photo- taken late in the day with my lights on. But you get the idea. I’m really loving the metallic paints from R&F. So lovely when they are scraped down- this design is done in the german silver color, and it has a lot of variation, like a patina.
On to the next layers!