Wednesday, May 21, 2008

moving the blog

So, I am moving this blog over to wordpress.
Here is the link if you would like to visit:



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

in progress : one-d

Playing around with atmospheres today. Trying 
to find the character of the setting. I say character 
because I see the environment of a painting to have
the biggest influence on a piece's mood. To me, the
spaces created act sort of like a soundtrack to a film.

As this is just the 3rd or 4th layer, and the first 
to actually start and define the context of the work,
I am considering, primarily, the loose compositional
elements of this corner. The way they interact with 
each other as well as their reaction to light. Taking 
note of the motion and direction these decisions can 
suggest to the overall piece. 

While these things may take on forms that become 
something resonant (is that the right word? concrete 
maybe?), for now it is focusing on the vertebrae of these 
forms and their affect on the other forms around them 
that matters.


Monday, May 19, 2008

in progress : one-c

Here's the painting a bit further, working in oil
paints now. Not sure what is happening with the


Here's a photo of a sculpture I made waay back in 
2006. It feels more in place outside in the garden,
than when it was inside the house.

March of the Ballantine

Saturday, May 17, 2008

in progress : one-b

Here's a few more shots.  I am working in acrylic at this stage, which 
I sometimes do, and sometimes don't, depending. Depending on what?
I don't know, just whatever feels good at the time. Sometimes working 
in acrylic feels like I am hitting the reset button on oils, sort of like 
cleaning out whatever remains from the canvas before. Other times,
I would want to stay with what happened before, that feeling. And I'll
just start with oils. Or I just wouldn't want to deal with the lack of
friction that acrylic has. 

At this stage, I will probably hit it with some glazes to buy myself 
some time on/with the canvas where it is at now, while also preparing 
the piece to move to oils maybe. Not sure. 

Friday, May 16, 2008

Here's a few pictures of a painting I started working 
on this week. It is at that playing around, waiting to 
see what happens stage. I'll post more as it moves

— Joe

  (painting size 36" x 36")