Thursday, July 1, 2010
poetry of the motion of paint and pastel
Whether brush or pastel stick, your mark or the way you move your colors says a lot. While I love the smooth, brush less surface of Whistler's nocturnes, the dance of the mark is paramount to me. It's about energy and feeling. I struggled to find myself and my mark with oil. I was enticed by glazing and its alluring, glassy surface. All the time I kept feeling it was not authentic for me. Now I am mixing the glassy smooth with palette knife and brush. It's much more like my life- a mixed up jumble of all the good stuff. I found that those thick juicy strokes on top really made me feel happy.
This is a studio piece done from my plein air study. Check out this click back to see how I began. It really took a life of its own.