Monday, November 29, 2010

Sailing cups

Finished the first of a new series of images involving cups.  The kind of cups women end up with from great aunts, grandmothers, etc. that have no use.  They are small and fragile and too gentile for the age we live in.  I keep them but don't know why.  So, before they become cracked and broken thought I'd use them as models for ideas.   This is just the first of four, and of course it has gone beyond my initial "intention" for the picture but it has a mystery I like so am going to live with it awhile before deciding if it is comeplete and start something else.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Wishing Chairs

The newest painting is finished. It came through a war of work from one idea into another. The catharsis much too silly to expound upon, suffice it to say, once I had the children jumping in the air, the chairs had to be more playful than melonchaly. The chairs still look a bit sad but I like the dragon hiding under them even it I'm unsure how much to hide him into colour. I also like the tail of the dragon disappearing into a tire track. All in all, it was a chance taken and something sweet came of it.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Finished "Temple" and was juried into the 13th Annual Livonia Arts Exhibition at the Livonia Public Library. The opening reception was quite an unexpectedly nice affair! Have also started and stopped painting on one or two others.

I'm discovering that painting for myself full time is fraught with unexpected pitfalls. Usually I like to take an idea and run with it yeilding an interesting and often pleasing result (my standard for finishing anything is if I like it!). Yet I'm discovering that I can work and work for hours and come up with absolute crap. As if somehow I've traversed down a path that leads to some hedgemaze of a deadend, leaving me frustrated and wondering if I even life the effort I've made.

It probably has alot to do with the amount of concentration and energy I put to my "making". I get so absorbed that I don't think I can know if I like a piece until I come up for air. Sometimes a few days or weeks later on pieces I'll see the need for additions or changes, but with dislike I usually know right away. Its that visceral a response. I figure that if I don't like something in my gut how can anyone else like what I've made.

I won't be showing things that didn't work, but I will show things that do. Some of them surprising in their simplicity and in the quickness of the time it took to paint. Sometimes its as if every time you go to work in the studio you have to relearn how to paint all over again.