Green isnot usually one of my favorite colors, but, of late, it is one that I seem drawn to. The new small works of leaves, rocks and water intrigue...
Color of interest
June 30, 2014
Trust you are enjoying the new website. It is great to be able to share the work I have done and, as the weeks go by, the paintings I am working on....
My New Website
June 26, 2014
SpottedSerpents are not my first thought as I greet the day, and yet they have been popping up in my mind the last few days. I did a series of serp...
July 5, 2014
Questions and Maybe Answers
July 13, 2014
Why do some images recur often in my paintings and others never do? What gives some shapes, forms and colors more importance in the creative process than others? Is it that they speak clearly and effectively while others seem to lack the precision to convey my thoughts? I think there is an affinity to some things that lacks for others.
I was thinking about this while looking out at the garden. There are no straight lines and all the yard is divided by paths. There is a lot of color even when just leaves are present and always there is something in bloom. For years it was the garden of my parents and now it is my garden. Mother has gone from builder to watcher. I have gone from watcher to maintainer and developer. I notice I keep some plants contained and let others range more. I give preference to some while others fend for themselves. The composition of the garden is a collaborative effort of my parents and myself. My art is a mixture of what I have seen and felt, and the interaction with others. From those encounters through the process of my thought, the art is given birth.
Some images seem more understood than others, at least to me. It seems the themes become the structure by which the nuances of meaning clothe the art. Clouds, trees, water and fire reappear often and are close to my mind when I prepare to do sketches for new work. They are touch stones; images that are flexible and malleable and satisfy me in ways that others don’t. I look at them, these forms that are used often, to make sure that they do not become repetitious and no longer communicate in a fresh way.
To reinvest a form with new meaning and energy is a joyful experience. Much like taking words that have been used forever and realigning them to speak in a new voice. It is not so much the forms but the spirit that is brought to the images. For me, the dialogue should be one that uplifts. Even in darkness and pain there is beauty and hope. Without that meaning of joy the other messages I explore would be too heavy and unbalanced. Anyone who paints or makes self expressions has the responsibility to the viewer to share in a way that adds value to the experience. I choose to add a sense of the positive and both a present and future hope. It is an article of faith and who I am. I think the best explanation is not layers, like onions, but, rather, matrix. That it is all through me and not just in a part. This process is just how it works for me and lets me do what I do. Take care David