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Saturday, February 5th, 2011
I have never managed to successfully take a photograph that captures the color and texture of this painting. It’s a sad sort of blue-grey, but with a gentle glow of hope in the upper left that keeps it from being depressing. There’s a lot of subtle color changes and textures, and I’ve finished the edges with Payne’s Gray, which has helped to set off the small details and changes in colour.
This painting’s story isn’t so much the story of it being painted one day in a fit of melancholy and creatitivty, as it is the way it’s travelled with me through the years. Right now it’s hanging on the wall above my antique secretary, with smudges on the wall from where I painted the sides last month (my poor landlords, I console myself that I don’t plan to move for several years yet). It’s lived in many apartments, sometimes hanging, sometimes not, but it’s always held a special place for me as an abstract that, while having no discernible figures or features, still manages to convey something to the viewer.
Blue Square, 20″x20″ oil on canvas, $699 with free shipping.
The edges of this canvas have been finished in deep blue-grey, making it suitable for hanging as is. I’m always happy to help you by framing it for a wee little fee, if that’s your preference.
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
After many months of working in the printmaking studio, I amassed quite a collection of little printing plates with abstract and symbolic images on them. I made a number of monoprints using them, including this one. It’s got elements of etching, monoprint, and chine collé in it, and always felt to me a bit myterious, as though it was trying to show me something I could never quite make out.
The grey panel at the top uses the oil-based printer’s ink on one of the blank monoprint plates to render a smoky, abstract image. The middle is a piece of paper from one of the Chinese New Year packets, imprinted with an etching plate that took most of the foil away with it. The final image is a tiny etching plate, a mere one inch square, echoing the smokiness of the top image, or perhaps originating it.
I think I still have a bunch of these plates, and I miss being able to pull them out and muck about late into the night, handling the thick, wet paper and exploring all the different ways the images I’d created could become something new.
This is the full page, including the inevitable inky fingerprints and smudges around the edge. I always was a messy printmaker.
Elements, 9″x12″, etching and monoprint on watercolor paper, $399 with free shipping.
The thick watercolor paper of this print is not really suitable for display as is, but I’m happy to mat or frame it for you for an additional fee.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
This painting was inspired by Roger Zelazny’s Amber series, in a roundabout way. In it he postulates a continuum of realities from the Pattern of Order at Amber to the Courts of Chaos at the other end, with the realities becoming stranger and more dangerous as they get closer to Chaos. I imagined a world where the sky had cracked open one night, its rough-velvet texture tearing down the middle and letting molten gold spill forth, sparking and changing and becoming like stars as it spread across the sky. I tried to capture that sense of motion, of chaos, with the three metallic colors of droplets (gold, bronze and a scarab red that shimmers and changes to old-bronze-green at certain angles).
This painting goes strangely well with my decor, when I hang it on the one darker golden accent wall the gold paint blends beautifully, while still stands out more on the lighter wheat-gold of the rest of the apartment. I keep wanting to frame it with an old window frame, so that it looks like you’re staring out a window at the glowing fissure in the sky.
Molten Sky, oil on canvas, 24″x24″, $999 with free shipping.