Islands In The Sea

Islands In The Sea

Monday, March 24, 2014

Go With The Flow

Sometimes you just have to give in. That's not something that comes very easily to me but I find that my work improves when I stop trying to force a particular idea on to the canvas in a particular way and instead leave room for the piece to develop through me. The further along you are with a piece, the harder it is to change your tack. You've got time, paint and usually some emotion already invested in what's up there. However, if you can let yourself be a little brave, the payoff can be big.

This piece started out looking completely different than it does now. It was still a late afternoon-dusk painting, set on the water--but the light and palette were all bright blues and yellows and browns. It was more of a marshy scene at the edge of some small corner of a bay. I got it up and running and then put it aside as I worked on other pieces. I kept putting it back on the easel and then taking it off when I just couldn't get myself to work it any further. It was as if the canvas just didn't want to be that painting. So, last night, I just started painting over it. I squirted a big line of violet across the top of the canvas...right from the tube. I changed the palette, and mood completely--keeping it near the water's edge but moving to the ocean from the bay. Hours had passed in what seemed like no time at all and now I can't wait to get back to it and continue developing the work. There is still quite a way to go on this piece but the idea is strong and I know I won't find myself staring the piece down, trying to force the next bit of paint on to it.

That other painting may come back someday, on a canvas that wants it---but for now I'm very happy that I was able to quiet my mind and go with the flow into this new direction.

This and many other new works will be included in my show at Frodel Gallery, in Poulsbo, next month. The reception will be on April 24th from 5:30-7PM.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Unexpected Surprise

It's funny, how the creative process works. I sat down to work on a particular canvas, this weekend, and found that I just couldn't get my mind or my brush into it. Rather than throw in the towel for the day, I grabbed a fresh canvas and started laying down an idea that had been kicking around in the back of my noggin for a while now. Surprise, surprise...the work just flowed right out of me! This piece is a little ways from being totally complete but the bulk of the work is done--and in one sitting. A wasted day in the studio turned into a day in which I produced a work that is an important piece of this current show.

The idea here is that this is the jumping off point for the other works. It has a beautiful dusky sky, the trees, the fireflies, the boat...---all the objects that show up as symbols in so many of my other works. I even plan to have an old ladder will be leaning up against that boat soon, as well. The cool meadow bordered by the woods is an amalgamation of several yards and fields from my youth in Long Island--and I can really almost smell the cut grass and honeysuckle in the air when I look at it.

This as yet untitled 18" x 24" acrylic work will be on display at the Frodel Gallery for the month of April. The reception fo rthis show will be on April 24th, from 5:30-7PM.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Save The Date!

The date of my show at The Frodel Gallery, in Poulsbo, is being moved to accommodate a large group that would like to attend. The reception will now take place on Thursday April 24th from 5:30-7pm. Here is the updated poster as well as a preview of some more of the works you will see there. Hope you can make it!

Observe 16" x 20" Acrylic

Dogma 11" x 14"  Graphite

To The Ends of The Earth  24" x 36" Acrylic

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Work, New Show!

I've been very busy in the studio lately, getting ready for my new show at Frodel Gallery, in Poulsbo. The one-man show will be up for the month of April and there will be a reception on April 11th, from 6:30-8pm. I hope you can make it! Below are some of the new pieces that will be in the show.

The Non-Locals  11" x 14" graphite

Bright Idea 11"x 14" graphite

The Five  24"x 36" acrylic

Hope 30" x 40" acrylic