Thursday, July 16, 2009

Night Stream

Since my return from BC, I`ve completed several oil paintings, including this one yesterday morning. I`ve been looking at watercolors online and feeling inspired. I set everything up for a good session. I got out some unsuccessful old figure drawings done on my beloved 'original' Meridian paper and turned them over to paint on the back. Laid down a couple of washes and froze. It was as if I had never used watercolor before. It`s liquid! How in the world do you get it to do what you want? Not the mentality needed. I cleaned everything up and began a new oil painting. The opposite experience has happened too; after months of intensive work with watermedia, when I begin again with oil paint, it seems unacceptably greasy and sort of gross.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Slow Creek in Summer 3

The Tryon Creeks keep coming but the event, Art in the Forest, has been moved back to Oct. 10.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Blog Birthday!

A year ago I began this blog to document a benefit exhibition I was involved in; 31 paintings in 31 days, @$31. Because it was fun, I kept it up. I`ve always noticed in looking through old sketchbooks, that the drawings instantly recalled my psychological state at the time. I`m hoping 20 years from now, this blog will have the same effect.
I`ve been asked by the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park to participate in a one night show, Art in the Forest, this August 15. This is a benefit to support their worthy efforts. This summer is free of commitments, the park is rife with the wet, moody subject matter I`m obsessed with, so why not.