Wednesday, May 26, 2010
A little painting on forrest view lane from a few weeks ago. It always takes a while to remember how to paint green, and the leaves on the trees. I painted the man walking his dog three times until I found the right spot, quickly like a figure drawing gesture. This painting is on a dead end road with not much traffic, I think the neighbors were a little confused as to what exactly I was doing.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I am successful despite myself it seems. I am no good at telling people what is going on.
Katie Musolff and I have a show up currently in Waukesha. This is my first show in my home town.
The show opened last night at Waukesha Tattoo and Galleria Edge, and it was nice to see old profs from Carroll and UW-Waukesha. Thank you to George Wang for offering us the show. The space was redigned and is a great place to show. In the middle of the space are the tattoo booths and around the edge is the gallary space. It is a nice way to include art into a more non tradional space. So congrats and best of luck to George. I am showing some of my fish drawings, which I haven't done in a long long time, I have about 50 up.
Katie has about a dozen paintings. So if you are in Waukesha anytime soon come see the space and the show.
Two new larger paintings. One is Misna Ridge in Vernon County. I worked on this for a month or so on and off. I have been busy with commitments and spring happened so damn fast this year that this painting took on a life of it's own. I got stuck up on the ridge during a pretty potent thunderstorm in April and that is what the painting became. I hadn't been scared of a storm for a long time, and I figured what the hell, if I am going to die this is probably the best I can do. It took a long time to draw out what I wanted with this painting, and I actually liked that process best.
This other painting is done from memory of a day in March when the sky was ominous and the ice was melting on the Mississippi. This painting took a couple months and I worked thinner than I usually do, and in a more layering way. I think the painting ended up being denser, and I learned something. The abstracted stripped down root is what causes feeling for most people, and that isn't limited to painting. The only question for me generally is how much detail is important. How much drawing does one include, and because I can really draw, not to be seduced be that ability. Hopefully the painting conveys the idea.