Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My very cramped studio and the difficult phase of art making

I've been spending my studio time drawing for the past few weeks and now I've switched gears and am painting. I'd like to say that the transition is smooth, but it isn't always. In fact I often feel that I'm partaking in a great internal battle when I'm making artwork. It doesn't always come out right and there is almost always that difficult phase (no matter how good a piece feels when I first start it). I used to think that this would go away after I "mastered my craft" but that's not going to happen, and there is always, always more I can learn about making art.

Truth is that this is the part of art making that is the scariest. The door to the room I need to go into is closed and instead of just opening it I tend to sit down in front of it and focus on all of the reasons why it's closed.

I feel like I'm not supposed to admit these things, and I know many artists that produce artwork out of swagger and confidence, and I hope that works for them. However, my own truth is that each of these paintings is difficult to produce and each of these paintings affects me profoundly. I think part of my duty as an artist is to learn how to accept this phase, to expect it even, and to learn how to work through it well.

More prints added to the shop

I've just added two prints to the shop. Click on the titles below to purchase:

1. Illuminate Aria inside a thousand leaves
2. Rain grows heavy and thick and so close together there's hardly room to breathe between the drops

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Prints of Coil I are now available

I now have prints of Coil I available in my shop. Click here to purchase.  

Things I believe to be true

I have always seen the world as a simple place. I see the same base patterns in nature, math, science, physics, and human behavior. I found this etymology of my belief in my notebook.

All day I am raining inside

Available for purchase here.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Drawings on circular paper

I like working in these mini series, first the black paper now circular paper. Feels good.

These are all available in my shop, click on the titles below to purchase:
1. Flares of petals
2. Tendrils of light and water
3. Draped, twisting, floating
4. Full flung and rising