Here at the studio, I am working on a second tessera canvas. This one … pictured above … is still a work in progress, but is nearing completion.
The work is composed primarily of tessera from one painting that was chopped into pieces and reconfigured into an entirely new image, but it is nevertheless a reflection of the original work. Tessera from other paintings have been added, and like bits of memories that we call on to help us when telling a story, the new bits add depth and interest to the original. So too do the traumas, and joys and grief and love that we experience add color and texture to our memories.
While working on this piece, it was struck by how this image is like my interior vision of myself. I always seem to be stitching together a new version of myself to present to the outside world. Whatever it is I piece together might look solid and cohesive, but is in fact cobbled together with bits and pieces that have washed up on the shore of my life. I would suppose that most people find this to be true. But then again, maybe not. Maybe it is just that I have the time to mull over all this existential dreck while cutting up old canvases.
ART SHOW JUNE 2017
Ashby and I are really pleased with our co-operative show of paintings and sculpture in the Gallery of the Avon Pubic Library.
It looks fabulous !!! even if I do say so myself.
We are both blown away by the magical effect of our works hanging together.
If you have not yet been able to get by to view the show, I encourage you to make the time to stop in and enjoy the truly amazing effect of two artistic visions meeting.
The combination of Ashby’s and my work creates a wonderful synergy that enhances both my paintings and her sculptures.
In fact, it turns out that you will have some extra time to get in to see the show.
We have been asked to extend the show through the month of July.
So put it on your calendar and stop by during regular library hours.
For those of you that purchased work, I will plan to switch out your pieces at the end of June so that you can arrange to pick up your paintings.
I am actually hoping to produce some new work in similar sizes to those that have sold, in order to be able to make the change-over seamless.
We will wait to see how that works.
HEAVY WEATHER 18X24 $900
The impact of weather approaching over the long flat expanses of the Midwest has a very unique feel, and it is a very strong visual memory.
My family spent some time in Kansas City, Kansas. I was initially amazed that it was so cosmopolitan and yet a heartbeat away you were in the plains … looking at farmland for as far as you could see. That was a long time ago of course, and I’m sure much has changed … but the memory is still as strong as ever.
This piece expresses much the same sense of an unchanging and changeable world. The sense of an invincible and staunch world at the mercy of weather and circumstances is never more visible than in the lone barns and homes that dot the landscape of the plains.
I like the concept of the buildings standing strong against whatever weather comes. These barns are seasoned warriors.They hang in there whatever comes.
I guess I will never really stop with the landscapes … even as I continue exploring life in precarious times. And, I suppose that this landscape is no different … after all life on a the Great Plains can be precarious indeed.
I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona.
It is a real pleasure to work with them in bringing my work to a larger audience. If you are spending the winter in the warmer clime of the Southwest, stop in on Scottsdale’s, Thursday Night Art Walk while visiting the area.
ON TOP OF THE WOLRD
A VISIT FROM MATISSE
TEA COSY TOWN