‘when a picture looks labored and overworked, and you can read in it—well, she did this and then she did that, and then she did that—there is something in it that has not got to do with beautiful art to me. And I usually throw these out.’ ~ Helen Frankenthaler
Diary of a painting
I have a new studio in my home, right in the center of the town. It is a change and it takes time for me to find a rhythm in this new space. I see green and trees around me but all the noises are urban, it is filled with light, quite a change from my previous studio. I want to make something that feels more crafted, handmade, and more vulnerable perhaps. I chose the burlap for that, it is coarse and wonky. The threads are loose and irregular and when I stretch it over the wood the warp and weft of its weave bend and pull off center. I like its imperfections. It has a character before I touch it. I titled this Superhero because it exceeded my expectations.
Bright Yellow Tempera / Cinnabar Green Light / Venetian Red /Perm. Yellow Light / Emerald Green / Perm. Red Light/ Cadmium Red Medium/ Ultramarine/ Naples Yellow Red /Chrome Green/Lamp Black/ Titanium White
Radiohead, The Bend/ The Killers, Sawdust/Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald / Jimmy Guffrie, Free Fall/ Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Boatman’s Call (I plucked a recent title from this, Far From Me)
The bad girl by Mario Vargas Llosa/ Van Gogh’s letters /Embers by Beckett /
Beer with a painter: Tal R on Hyperallergic.
Joanne Greenbaum/Joan Miro, /Joan Synder/ Elizabeth Cummings/ Richard Aldrich,
‘I explore boundaries of materials and also visual codes…’ ~ Rupert Hartley
‘A big change allows you to make another change.’~ Joe Fyfe
‘to have a different dialogue with the viewer and art history, was powerful.’ ~ Martha Edelheit
‘I’ve always used grids as a transcriptional vehicle and a structural basis for thoughts and ideas.’ ~ Tom Hackney