Here are a few more paintings I have been working on, all around 16 x 20. I am still using Golden Open acrylics, which I like a lot. The colors are pure and rich, and they really do stay “open” and workable for days.
I see this group of paintings as a direct continuation of the woodcut Saga series. This acrylic painting of a mountain from early 2014… led to the creation of the woodcut Saga series…
And now I am here…
And so things are coming full circle. In this series I am working the paint layers, and cutting through in a very physical way. Another link back to the woodcuts I was making just before this trip to Iceland.
My approach to painting has changed so much in the past year. It all began at Gullkistan, where I arrived with the intention of shaking off old habits, old approaches to painting that no longer felt right. Now my printmaking is influencing my painting, and my painting and my approach to color is influencing my prints. It’s an old story, I know, the artist’s path of discovery. But for me it’s as fresh and exciting as this new day!
My exhibit NORTH of HERE opened this weekend in Philadelphia. The weather cooperated pretty well, and I had a steady stream of visitors all weekend long. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and for all the good wishes coming from those who were there in spirit! Here are a few shots of the installation, minus the crowds, because I was too distracted to take any pics during the events. The exhibit will stay up until November 9. If you are in Philadelphia I hope you’ll stop by Twenty-two Gallery for a close up view of my new work..
Now it is time to shift gears. I am already mostly packed for my residency at Listhus in North Iceland. My next blog post will be from Reykjavik. The first stop on my 2 month itinerary will be a visit to The Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies, a treasure trove of early Icelandic manuscripts. Stay tuned!
At a standstill on some paintings recently, I began to draw. Maybe the simplicity of black and white will help me focus on the image I can see so clearly in my mind’s eye. Mountain forms and memory. It’s not an easy thing to pull an image out from inside oneself, so different from landscape painting, looking out and reflecting back. I want to step outside to re-set my eyes (and my vision) by looking at the mountains all around me, but that’s not where I am right now, so… I thought I would start doing some woodcuts and see if they get me any closer.
Here it is, 16 x 20, in its current state:
What makes printmaking so wonderful is that by taking proof prints as your cutting progresses, you create a record of its evolution. Here is an earlier state:
And a shot of the woodblock after its first inking. The scratched lines show up very well.
More space: I reorganized my studio to accommodate an easel. I never needed one before, but since my residency in Iceland I’m painting in the studio, and painting larger.
More time: I changed my work schedule to have a more consistent studio practice in the afternoons. Now I’m off and running, happy to start the new year with several paintings in progress.
I’m picking up where I left off with the Icelandic mountain forms, the dream mountains, the snow covered mountains. I’m still working on these paintings, but here they are in progress. All 3 are based on memory, exercising my inner eye. The first two are 12 x 16 and the bottom one is 16 x 20.