A few recent paintings and the creative process.
The above painting is titled 'The Clearing', 30" x 40". This is one of the few times I can point to a painting and say "that really came out effortlessly." By 'effortlessly' I mean I knew exactly where to take the painting in each step regardless of what area I was working on, from the refined areas to the more expressive ones. There can be plenty of toiling with a painting to get things to look 'right' to me; sections that are painted, repainted, fussed over, scratched off, and redesigned, until the 'right' combination of brushwork and subject appear. Those endeavors are certainly a part of the painting process. This reworking builds a second narrative to a painting outside of the subject matter and often leads to unexpected results that can't be planned, ones that I learn so much from. However, it is nice to be able to point to a painting that contains all of that underlying integrity and also unfolded so enjoyably.
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