Monday, January 30, 2012

The Next Step

Here is what I did next on that canvas:

It is a little more green than that.  Would anyone know that it is representing trees?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On Uncertainty

In a memoir of Susan Sontag ("Sempre Susan"), the author Sigrid Nunez quotes Susan as saying:  "...there was nothing wrong with never being satisfied with what you did.  (Indeed, if you weren't regularly tormented by self-doubt, your work probably was sh--.)

Creative people can feel insecure, especially when trying something new, but there is a great adrenalin payoff that goes with the risk.

Here is a new canvas ready for the next step:

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Scottish Artist

I started painting when I lived in Scotland after university.  Recently a friend told me about a Scottish artist named Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, who had a strong landscape source for her abstract paintings.  Above is one of her paintings.  Below is one of my recent canvases:

When I notice similarities like that, I think that what I learned in Scotland strongly impacted my work.