cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

I now have these twelve of large-scale paintings, all completed over the last year.  They all are acrylic/mixed-media on unstretched canvas, approximately 6’x9′.

There’s quite a bit going on with these paintings for me, though I find them deceptively simple in appearance. In fact, that simplicity was one of my initial thoughts about them: a seemingly straightforward and unassuming figure at a large scale.  As a reminder of that scale, here they are with my usual yellow ladder as a scale reference.


It’s no accident that the figures are in quiet, inward-turned, contemplative poses. These paintings are adamantly not about the outward focus of social media (and yet, here I am), social art-making, or community. I am thinking about inward focus and contemplation, but on a heroic scale.

Of course, there’s more to it than that. I like the individual, compacted, inward-turned figures because they hold a sculptural interest for me. I am enjoying the bluntness of the visual message.

And there’s also the fact that these are drawing-based.  That’s why they’re on unstretched canvas, hanging flat against the wall like a piece of paper or parchment. That’s why they use a drawing language, that of line defining form. The last painting, the one on the right in the studio shot, was one in which I was exploring this idea more explicitly and more singularly, in a scale that relates to a paintbrush rather than a piece of charcoal. This particular piece is not quite finished but it’s close, very close.