30+ years of paintings, talked about one painting at a time: what went into the paintings, what I was trying to say, what was happening at the time of my life that I made the paintings. The paintings themselves are narrative, and this adds a little more to the story that they tell.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Friendly Woman 2016
Simple Definition of change
: to become different
: to make (someone or something) different
: to become something else
Earlier this winter, while working in the studio, I suddenly found myself--brush in hand--doing a simple line drawing into wet paint with India Ink. I haven't drawn in years, and was surprised to find myself, in one motion, shaping and defining this figure. The panel I had in front of me was small, but, still, it was a real challenge for someone who has defined her images with either paint or paper for over 40 years. When I lifted my brush from the surface, I was surprised at what I had, but pleased.
I have been working with Photoshop quite intensely for some time now, trying to learn the ins and outs of this complicated and very deep computer program. One of the things I had learned to do in Photoshop was to create a smooth, continuous line to define the image I was trying to create, usually based in some way on the photograph that was underneath. I realized that this little line drawing was both a reaction against and at the same time, based on what I had been learning in Photoshop. The reaction against was my frustration at not being able to directly hold/touch/feel what I was doing with my hands, and having to stay so much in my head. But what I had learned to do in Photoshop was to make and follow a continuous, single line that defined the image. However in Photoshop I can erase and redraw that line with with total impunity, something I can't do with India ink and wet paint. It's both extremely exciting and at the same time very frustrating to work this way. For a person that likes to keep all her options open as long as possible, it should be an interesting ride. Stay tuned.