It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. With my focus on shows, performances, family and a trip to Oregon to see the total eclipse of the sun, writing takes a back seat. A few events that have happened over the summer of 2017: my Rheology painting exhibition at Gard Vintners set up in August to run through September. 21 new paintings and prints. Two paintings in the GalleryOne juried community art show….. Rheology 1304 received the Purchase Award from the City of Ellensburg and will hang in City Hall! To be recognized by our town really warms my heart.
The website is coming together, but I’m having a little difficulty keeping track of all the pieces. It’s a balance of the diligent work of the technical and the looseness of the artistic. While this painting energy is here I’ll try to ride the wave and keep it going, doing a new painting just about everyday. The technique is settling in, it’s an event, a few key strokes that evolve into the image. They must stay a mystery, with a certain level of control and craft to get them to work along with a big dose of uncertainty and randomness.
I got out to the studio today, excited to paint. Yesterday, a few friends came out and I showed them what I was working on… and everything worked. The ink flowed the and as we watched it created an image that begged our interpretation. Not today. After the initial strokes came off the brush they just sat there, so of course I had to start fiddling with it. Several hours later, the mud was too much to bare and I just walked away.
In April 2017 I started using Sumi and Chinese black calligraphic ink to do some experiments for a new series of paintings. After a few simple tests I realized that the medium of ink in water had such a rich world of possibilities that I needed to explore it further.