new. fresh. exciting. this is what i’ve been up to the last few days.

this painting doesn’t have a name just yet, but it’s a 4′ x 4′ guy, and it’s the most refreshing breakthrough for me. this is what gets me excited about paint. these marks. the honesty. the spontaneous, gestural brushwork that doesn’t have a problem confronting you…it almost invites you to feel uncomfortable as you take it in. it did for me. i’m still staring at it when i walk into my studio each day. it’s a simplification of everything i’ve been doing, isolating the marks and letting them begin to speak. a small window into how i go about creating the paintings i make.

i began this with determination to preserve  what i lost in the last, but i have to admit, it also began with a whole lot of other thoughts and ideas too. you don’t see any of that. in fact, short of the color palette, nothing else is anything i imagined. but i love it. i got to this point and realized if i kept going, i would lose this sweet moment right here. i hope you enjoy. i do. and i believe  it’s worth diving into more deeply.

a few close ups as well.

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preface to ch. I

preface to ch. I     24″ x 48″     (oil)     // in the studio -

finished this painting last week, but it’s taken me a little while to share it with you.  I honestly didn’t feel ready to until a couple days ago, and i’ll tell you why. Seeing this piece in my studio, it feels complete and really good ::  and when I finished it last week, I was so excited to put this up.  But as I was about to, I came across my photo of this painting in progress, and began to question how I’d taken the painting from that first layer.  I lost so much freshness and fluidity as I kept working, and after living with and studying it for a week, I want to share this piece and finally let you in on my thoughts and growth. I think there are alot of really wonderful things happening within the compositional space, but this painting has challenged me and is a critical step towards re-understanding how and why i paint.

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