Sunday, August 5, 2018

Studio, August


Vent 2
2018 
chalk pastel on paper
7x7"


Passeggiata 8
2018
chalk pastel on paper
7x7"

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sketchbook, July




a selection of gestures and figurative studies from the past few weeks

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Studio Walls, June


recent figure studies from Open Figure at Manifest Drawing Center


color studies and assorted practice pieces


palette knife studies from earlier this year, recently reinstalled on the studio wall

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Unexpected Reminders (a little late)


Unexpected Reminders 
2018 
oil on canvas
20x20"

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. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

L'Ossature


L'Ossatura 7 
2018
chalk pastel on paper
7.5" x 7.5"  


L'Ossatura 3 
2018
chalk pastel on paper
7.5" x 7.5"  

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.