Thursday, December 31, 2009

Memory Work

My preferred method of working for the last week or so, has been from these little 1 minute diagrams pictured here. It's been very pleasant working these out. The advantage of this method is the reliance on memory. All that is diagrammed is the shock of the impression created by 4 or 5 elements in combination....Coyote Hill in snow shown here....the little diagram for it is on the page.

You can see that the sketches have a bit of an 'abused' look....the paper is folded up and lives in my breast pocket. When I see something that I'll paint, a little sketch gets made. This particular page started during a staff meeting....bit of a doodle of a head there, and a few notes deemed important at the time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Works on small panels for Nahcotta Gallery

These are the last of the paintings that will be sent off to Nahcotta...but as always, everything else will enter my Etsy shop almost the moment it is completed.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Little Tree Hill

9" x 7" acrylic on gessoed heavy artist's paper, listed on Etsy.

I'll always stop and look closely at little trees claiming a hillside...something very hopeful about that. The last 4 or 5 paintings have this combination of the dry yellowish grass with the strong white of snowcover....

Friday, December 25, 2009

Snow Hills

9" x 7" acrylic on gessoed, acid-free paper, listed on Etsy.

A quiet, snowbound time. I like how the work changes almost without my intention.....seems to have something to do with these being a form of daily ritual. If the work goes this way or that, it's really not such a large issue....much more important that the work simply gets done and there remains a document of the time here, and what I noticed.

I see my favourite savage brush is getting rather decrepit's a stiff brush that I like to torture the paint with...suitable for certain large areas like the sky.

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Affordable Artwork

Thanks to the folks at Apartment Therapy. for including one of my paintings in their piece about gifting affordable artwork. I made this comment:

"Thank you very much for including my work, and thank you for recognizing that in today's market there are [some] like me....highly trained artists who are selling ORIGINAL artwork at low prices because they wish to completely avoid the overhead and rather large headache of dealing with commercial galleries. All of my work in my Etsy shop is original...and inexpensive. I have for many years laughed out loud every time I've heard the sage advice "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". True perhaps if you are trying to buy a plasma tv for $50.00. Not true if you are clever enough to look in out-of-the-way corners, and you have the discriminating knowledge and taste to know when you are in front of a really good deal! Thank you for noticing and enjoy!"

How is this possible? I don't have to make the majority of my living from my paintings. And while I am very prolific it still is fairly ridiculous for me to sell my things at the price I do (my old art professors would be shaking their heads). My prices are almost comparable to what people charge for open edition archival Epson prints of their work, ordered on demand.....and mine are originals....once they're gone, they're gone. I am able to do this because I can. I have always been a producing artist and moving artwork quickly out the door is a great impetus for making more. I'll simply document my place in the world as long as I can.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Property Line

7.25" x 6.5" acrylic collage painting on pine panel. I was very pleased to discover this little size...there is a whole series of works on panels this size and I'll make many works on paper this size also. I need to frame these up soon, but a very nice black tom cat has moved into my basement and I don't want to freak him out with miter saw noise before he feels perfectly at home. The tom that lives upstairs still wants to murder him so I don't want them together.

In the continuing saga of little pleasures, I was happy to find a use for the orange collage paper on the bottom. Perfect for this November scene. Orange is an uncomfortable colour for me and I don't do much with it. One of the advantages of collage is that you are very likely to find surprises in colour outside your comfort's very easy to move colours in and out to assess effect.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Aspen Stand, Late Autumn

One more for Nahcotta Gallery. 8" x 10" cradled birch, gessoed panel, acrylic.

It feels great to have some time off at Christmas. I'm trying to stick to my usual rate of a painting a far so I painted a moody stand with a grey sky and a snowbound field in the foreground.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

To Collage....or Not

The 2nd image is 8" x 10" acrylic collage painting on cradled birch panel, and the first is a straight acrylic painting on smaller pine panel. The decisions work something like this. I know when I will paint....I know if it will be tomorrow or not for example. To some degree it depends on how busy I am with other things, but I know the next painting will be within a day or so. I don't know what will be painted. I might stop the car on a back road on the way to school and make a 30 second sketch from a motif I see, or I might try to make an encapsulation of the overall mood of the whole day, but using a specific motif to accomplish this. Just as I start the work session...setting up the lights and the materials....I decide there and then how the piece will be made. I know then but not before, if it should be a straight painting or a collage painting...and I usually feel that with great certainty. The approach of the collage paintings is way different...making them feels different....the pace of making is different. I also usually know how long it will take. I might know before hand that the work should be done in an hour...or perhaps three, if I expect to meander around.

These 2 will also go to Nahcotta Gallery

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some New Paintings

I've been working on 10 or 12 works that will be sent to the
Nahcotta Gallery tiny art group show in the new year. I won't be able to go, but I think it'll be fun to check out...send me a photo if you're there. I've always liked tiny art shows....little treasures all jammed together. I'll post the series here over the next few days. These are acrylic collage paintings on pine panels 7.25" x 6.5". These 2 show that dry, quiet November odd time really...rather hard to live through, but quite beautiful in its way.