Thursday, September 16, 2010

Abstract Thinking

Abstract: I think I’m slowly getting what I like about this, the way of painting, the letting go of something already known. There was a tremendous space that happened when I was working on this piece, where nothing mattered, it didn’t need to turn into “something”. As a friend said “you have crossed over”. Maybe success is not being able to label it, a tittle seams irrelevant.

Next week: International Encaustic Artists Conference in SF. The event is a sell out, numerous lectures, studio tours, book signings. Our Key Note speaker is Christel Dillbohner, whose work I have followed and admired for years.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Dose the vision of yourself as an artist equal the work your doing? I’ve been thinking about this a lot as of late, as I progress (regress) more and more towards painting. I spend countless hours awake at night redefining my work, where I think I want it to go, what technique would better serve a particular problem, then the next day do something totally different. My current vision/dream is large abstracts but the photographer in me keeps screaming, and wants to do small representational work. I’ve got 7 series, going on 8 started all to want end? Partly I hope it will all incarnate into a unified whole somehow, a new “style”. I believe I better understand van Gogh’s frustrations, on many levels. Ah, ha maybe if I start thinking of myself as a strictly representational painter those abstracts will come forth! So, how dose your artistic vision translate itself on the canvas?