Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Studio: 3.23.11

In progress 3.23.11

This painting has been sitting in my studio for several months now, probably a record for me.  I've been working on it here and there, trying to get a handle on where to go with it. It's a bit different from my other recent paintings in that the image is completely made up of stenciled markings.

I've been taking my time with it and instead of turning it to the wall in a corner of the studio when at a loss as to how to proceed, I've left it out. I've worked on other things and then turn around to this one sometimes grind my teeth in annoyance, but I have refused to let it get the best of me. Doing a number of works on paper in the interim has moved me to a place where I think that I may have a resolution within reach. It's not there yet, but I have the beginnings of that familiar tingling in the pit of my stomach that tells me that I'll be ready to leave it alone soon and possibly send it out into the world.

I sat on my couch today staring at this latest stage and thinking about it for almost an hour. It was one of those days where I felt that much more progress was made by being more cerebral than physical in the studio. The scene was set with the cold, rainy, dark cloudy day outside and my feeling incredibly tired due to a fitful night's sleep. With that mix, it didn't take long before deep studying of the painting turned into deep napping. When I woke up, I still liked where I was with the painting, so I think I may be on the right track.

6 comments:

Nancy Natale said...

I like the color and the light that seems to be coming from behind. Study-napping is the best way to judge a painting!

Pete Hoge said...

I wonder if going in and out
of the nap brought material
from your sub-conscious mind
to the forefront,

Abstract images for me are all
from that area the mind.

Perhaps resolution will come
from having one foot in the
world of dreams, and the other
in the waking life.

P.

Anonymous said...

Tim, Trockel and Taaffe.

from Brent H

Antón Hurtado said...

Hola Tim:
No soy muy amigo de la siesta, me conformo con quedarme traspuesto en el sofá viendo mala TV, pero sí que me gusta dar vuelta a los cuadros antes de que me ganen ellos irremediablemente. Me sorprendo cuando les doy la vuelta, parece como si alguien hubiese seguido el trabajo. ¡Se terminan ellos solos!
El cuadro que nos enseñas está muy bien, coincido con los otros dos comentarios, es interesante, y me interesa, la sensación de espacio hacia el fondo, la superposición de espacios que dan una profundidad espacial, etérea, no digo que espiritual pues soy un poco descreído y puede no entendérseme.
Un abrazo.

Antón Hurtado said...

Hola Tim:
No soy muy amigo de la siesta, me conformo con quedarme traspuesto en el sofá viendo mala TV, pero sí que me gusta dar vuelta a los cuadros antes de que me ganen ellos irremediablemente. Me sorprendo cuando les doy la vuelta, parece como si alguien hubiese seguido el trabajo. ¡Se terminan ellos solos!
El cuadro que nos enseñas está muy bien, coincido con los otros dos comentarios, es interesante, y me interesa, la sensación de espacio hacia el fondo, la superposición de espacios que dan una profundidad espacial, etérea, no digo que espiritual pues soy un poco descreído y puede no entendérseme.
Un abrazo.

Anonymous said...

Hello, as a fellow Artist, I know exactly what you mean! If you don't mind suggestion, I would put another layer or two of lighter color on top, sparse and spread out over the teal. Hope you love it in the end; that's all that matters. You need to feel like it's finished before you send it out into the world. Thanks for listening - www.nicoleroyer.com www.facebook.com/nicoleroyerart