Hello dear reader. My apologies for the late post this month; Sunday was Easter and I was with my family, enjoying a much needed break from social media and the internet. Thanks for your patience.
It's been a while since I've made an oil painting that I was happy enough with not to destroy. The beautiful thing about my current studio set up is my ability to work on both drawings and paintings simultaneously. I'm finding that the pastels inform the paintings in an interesting way, and vice versa. After spending the past year almost exclusively working in chalk pastel, it feels great to move paint around again.
This particular image has been in my brain for a few years, but it took a while to figure out how exactly it needed to look. When I first saw this image, I had neither the skills nor the technical knowledge to execute it properly. Seeing this painting on canvas – and out of my brain – gives me hope that the current images marinating in my mind will eventually exist.
L'Ossatura (n) - bone structure, frame, framework, skeletal structure
The square within a square and other internal framing devices have been significant aspects of my compositions for the past several years. The delineated frame creates a sense of containment, as well as a gradual narrowing of focus inward from the edges to particular moments. At the same time, interruptions - modulations - fractures of that framed edge break free of the imposed containment and disrupt the rigidity imposed by such a dominant compositional element. Constraint and release. Balance in all things.
Passeggiata 1, 2018, chalk pastel on paper, 7.5x7.5"
Passeggiata (noun, f.) - walk, stroll, promenade
A new year, a new studio, a new slow, quiet, empathetic crawl around the borders of the room...
I'm entranced by the effects of time on these weathered wooden surfaces. The subtle shifts of temperature and light are elusive and rewarding. Also, this dreary weather makes the warmth of the studio even more enticing.
Buon anno a tutti! I moved into a new studio recently, and I can't begin to describe how happy I am to have an entire room in which to make work again. This space has great potential for subject matter. Just look at those baseboards...
Here's looking at many happy studio days full of exploration, experimentation, failure, and joy. Stay tuned.
It's been interesting... challenging... inspiring... trying at times... but overall this has been a great semester. I'm going to miss this crew something fierce.
The end of semester madness has occupied most of my time for the past few weeks. These brief studio breaks, while frustrating, are ultimately invaluable for me; I need that forced time away from my easel to let new ideas marinate. I'm looking forward to many long and energizing studio days starting next week. Keep an eye on instagram (@samantha.haring) in the next few weeks for a glimpse at something new.
Happy December. I hope you have joyful holidays with the ones you love, both near and far.