I’m beginning a new series with “Atmosphere” as a lead direction thought. It will mainly deal with abstract shapes and textures blending in with the haze of space around them. I have been cleaning my brushes on Rice Paper as I worked on projects and am now going to tear and cut from them and juxtapose on a series of panels and canvases. This, “Along Coastal Oregon River” is the first finished attempt. There are 4-5 others in different stages.
Finishing up one last collage from my South Slough series. They have a 10-Minute Hiking Trail and I found the beginning the short trail had many textures and angles.
Started a new painting for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Pathways Series. It is 24 x 30 inches and a past unsuccessful painting. So far, I have used Acrylic Paint, Acrylic Inks, Papers, Gold Leaf, Brushes, Pencils, Brush Handles, hands, and at the end of the cycle I pressed the disposable palette here-and-there into the painting before tossing the palette. Now, it needs to dry before more layering.
I was introduced to some work by English artist, David Tress and saw much of what I have been searching to get the feeling of what I was experiencing in nature. The layering of textures and extending past the picture plane was a huge reminder of how I thought of painting at an earlier age.
To experiment, I took an earlier “water” painting that had frustrated me and did the same scene but stepped further back so the composition and texture would give added strength. I feel this is a breakthrough for me – as I am lining up future works with the learned concepts.
My first book of local landscape collages is up and available. It has been a fun and adventurous undertaking. You can browse and/or order at Blurb Publishing Online.