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.
That’s a tall stack of potential. I’m so excited to dig into this bundle of mini-panels. They measure just 6 x 6 inches. Fifty of them. When I first started writing this blog in 2008 (has it really been that long?!), I started a similar project. I’d taken a break from working with encaustic and wanted to start again. How to incubate the new ideas I had in mind?
We had a piece of smooth plywood leftover from a house project, so I asked a friend if he’d cut it up for me on his table saw. The result was 36 eight-inch panels to experiment with. Over the course of working those 36 panels, my ideas were tried, edited, and developed. A whole body of larger works grew out of that series of tiny paintings.
I’ve been drawing experimentally this past year, and am continuing on these panels. Silverpoint and water media on gesso. I’m going to gesso all of them today, and work on all fifty at the same time, rotating around as intuition dictates, and see what happens.
This is a wonderful way to explore a new medium or idea, to play around without committing very much space or time or materials. I highly recommend this approach. Last time I did it, I went from this….
I just never know where it’s going to take me.
That’s my husband’s commentary up there. Love it. Is it a keeper? I think so.
Someone a long time ago gave me this advice: when you develop a body of work, pick out at least one piece to keep for yourself, for your own collection. I haven’t always felt that I’ve had the luxury of taking this advice, always feeling a bit desperate about having enough work to satisfy the requirements for a show, or fretting that keeping the “best one” will prevent a sale…
But really, the best one? That’s such a subjective thing. So often, a painting that I’m not so sure about, or the one I think is too minimal, or the one that makes me a bit uncomfortable- that’s the one someone loves. So you just never know.
So I’m just not going to worry about it anymore. I’m keeping this one for myself.
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.