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 artistic process has undergone some major shifts recently. I’ve documented many of these breakthroughs here in this blog: working larger, stepping back from direct observation to allow my inner vision a larger role. It has been a big year.
As I continue to refine my vision and expression, I’ve been making color prints. This is another new direction for me, and It involves a lot of experimenting. But even with lots of experience and confidence, the process of developing a print is like driving on a road with blind curves. I am very excited about where it is going.
So after a long, somewhat muted period, Printmaking Me is discovering an amplified voice. Painting Me is happy to have the volume turned up.
And actually, now it looks like this. I printed the band of rocks a second time, with a layer of black.
About twenty-five color woodcuts and monoprints will be featured in my upcoming exhibit “North of Here” at 22 Gallery in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for more info, I’m already shifting gears, cleaning up the studio and getting ready to bring work to the framers.