sometimes i am nearly complete with a painting, and then i think "wow - this really looks like another painting i recently finished". it can be very difficult to move your work forward. just painting the same painting over and over, with minor variations, would not only be boring for me, but would indicate that i'm not thinking about the work enough to develop it further. a dangerous path. ... See MoreSee Less
i do enjoy teaching. i sort of hate to admit that. i know it is good for me to do (socialization, verbalizing my ideas). but i also find myself thinking about student's work when i am painting. i'm not interested in copying them (i have found my voice), but the questions i want to ask/provoke them with are also, sometimes, questions i can ask of myself. it awakens a portion of my brain that i didn't use before i started teaching. so thanks Chery Baird for pushing me, years ago, to do this! ... See MoreSee Less
i love watching a drip as it proceeds across a canvas. it angles this way or that, based on the underlying wetness of the paint it is traversing, and also based on the underlying paint ridges. (as you may know, i paint in many layers). i used to rotate the canvas to control the drips (stop there! now reverse!). i no longer do that. of course, all drips can be painted over. but they are all expressions of a randomness that i welcome in my work. ... See MoreSee Less
it is sort of weird (unless you are an artist) that your painting suggests things to you. however, if you are a painter (probably abstract) that is not a surprise. as i add something to a painting, i ...
it is sort of weird (unless you are an artist) that your painting suggests things to you. however, if you are a painter (probably abstract) that is not a surprise. as i add something to a painting, i often hear not voices (please don't institutionalize me yet) to do one thing or another. personally, i figure that is my "painting persona" advocating from the POV of the painting. i'm probably certifiable, but at least i can hear my work. which i consider (totally rationally) to be quite important. not necessarily the work itself, but the ability to listen to the piece. ... See MoreSee Less
Almost my entire rationale (before I lost my spirit). I used to describe myself as a 'reactive painter, responding to suggestions from within the surface itself'. I'd pull out details from loosely applied layers that called to me and submerge others. Some of my paintings became quite realistically detailed as a result and some were abstracts. I need to rediscover my joy.. though you are one of only a handful of artists whose work still 'calls' to me and I love it so much. I'm genuinely grateful for that artistic ember you keep alive in me through your painting ❤️