Words

May 25, 2020

 

 

What We Seek

 

What we seek is all around us.

 

What we seek is in the poem,

the painting, the flower.

 

What we seek evaporates when

We turn our heads to look at it.

 

What we seek appears when we do not try to find it

And vanishes when we go looking.

 

What we seek is inside;

It has been there all along.

 

Pure Pigment

February 22, 2020

The medium of soft pastel is as close as it comes to working with pure pigment, as long as the pastels are of a professional grade. The sticks are made of powdered pigment and enough binder to hold the pigment in stick form. The softest pastels can turn to dust in the hand, and then the drawing process becomes a matter of rubbing the pure color dust into the paper surface. Here is another batch of soft pastel drawings. The previous post describes more about my process, so I won’t repeat. All are approximately 12 x 20 inches.

 

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Two Swimming

 

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Summer Sweet

 

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Deep Water

 

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Field Study

 

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Beyond the Dark

Last of the Birds

February 18, 2020

 

Almost all of the birds have flown the nest. I am writing of the abstract soft pastel drawings that were based on bird coloration. There are only these two framed pieces remaining from the original series. In addition, there is one framed drawing, Dove + Crow, from a series of larger drawings. This was the only one of that series to be based on birds, and it followed on the group of crow drawings which you can see in an earlier post. Most of the crow drawings are available still, although unframed, and many of the larger drawings are also available unframed. Check back here to see some of the larger pieces later in the week.

 

Making these soft pastel drawings is all about color, the medium, and the process. I am interested in the laying down, layering, and sometimes lifting of the colors, as well as the color relationships. The lush colors and the materiality of the pastels (primarily Schmincke and Sennelier) are very appealing; color becomes both subject and object in these abstract drawings. The pastels, fragile sticks of colored dust, have their own way of behaving, and much of the process involves welcoming in the unexpected and being willing to be out of control. Even if fixed with fixative, the finished pieces are somewhat fragile and will change, however imperceptibly, over time, as particles of color release from the surface. I love that these drawings have a life of their own once I am done with them.

 

Let me know if you would like more information about any of the work…or if you would like to see it in person. You can comment here.

 

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Dove – soft pastel, 6″ x 6″

 

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Jay – soft pastel, 6″ x 6″

 

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Dove + Crow – soft pastel, 12″ x 21″

 

An Assortment of Abstractions

December 18, 2019

 

In a shift from working with landscapes, I love exploring the color possibilities offered by soft pastel. When working with these pure colors (nothing more than pigment and a bit of binder), reducing the image to abstraction allows the focus to be more simply on the colors and their interaction. When I am working on them, these pieces have a life of their own and require me to be fully engaged with what is happening on the paper.

Here are a few small (4″ x 6″ color studies) done in preparation for larger pieces. If you are interested, you can see them as well as other soft pastels at the Open Studio this Saturday, December 21, 1-5:00. Comment here if you want more information.

 

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Small to Large

December 16, 2019

The newest landscapes are the smallest ones, only 3″ x 3″, oil on paper. Here are three (the first is not available):

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The largest landscapes I have posted before, but I will share them again here. The one below  is  the largest:  22″ x 30″ (image size), oil stick and graphite on paper, framed.

 

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Edge of the Day

 

This one is 18″ x 18″ (image size) also oil stick and graphite on paper, framed.

 

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Still Place

 

If you would like to see these and more in person, stop by the Open Studio on Saturday, December 21 1:00-5:00. Comment here if you need details!

Clouds

December 15, 2019

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These are a few recent small drawings, oil pastel or oil stick, framed and ready to hang. If you would like to see them in person, the studio will be open this coming Saturday, December 21, 1:00-5:00 and by appointment this week. If you would like more details, leave a comment, and I will get in touch.

Look for more posts through the week!

Landscape

June 3, 2019

Sharing a few landscapes here. All are oil stick on paper. Enjoy!

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Thin Place

 

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Edge of the Day

 

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Half-mown