Thursday, December 30, 2010
It is always a challenge to finish the painting... sometimes it can never be complete, whole, and full. Like a glass of water, not another drop should be added or the water will spill over the top.
I love small marks in paintings. But I don't enjoy detailing the piece... like a car. Maybe it's my fondness for simplicity, quiet and an ease of statement. Here is a concept. Don't reproduce objects to the nth degree. That flower doesn't need stamens, it has them already. Make a large petal-less flower. Now that's an artistic challenge.
Some artists defy this philosophy. If the eye can't read it, the painting isn't good. Bullshit. Here is my statement in encaustic and it says everything I need it to say. You think you can do what I do because it looks simple. Well, guess again. Simple images which come from my psyche are deliberate, honed before hand and really quite complicated intellectually. Because that's who I am. A complicated mind which expresses itself in form, colour and emotion. Peace out.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
When I start creating a piece I never see the end in my vision. I am envious of artists who do, or is that at all possible? Paintings are like babies, they form themselves with a little help from a few tools (I am not calling men tools!).
It's always a function of evolution... art grows, brush stroke by brush stroke, a viral living and breathing object. The viewer is the final component... emotively transforming the piece to an organism which moves, speaks and sometime screams. It's the falling tree in the forest. So congratulations lovers of art... you have finished your first painting every time you cast your eyes on a piece. What do you bring to this piece of art?
Thursday, December 2, 2010
This is one of several historic buildings in the old Distillery District in Toronto's Lakeshore Parcel. In the next blog, I will reveal the actual location in a photograph. Not too representational but just enough I think.
Acrylic on Canvas.24"x30"