Just a quick update on recent work. For a while now I’ve been wanting to add interesting background elements to my still life works. I had gotten into the habit of separating my objects from all context by showing them on a bare, white ground. This was significant, so I knew if I went back to backgrounds, I had to offer something different.
I’ve become obsessed with textiles and patterns lately, especially those in Indian rugs. I found they are a vehicle for introducing large blocks of abstract color in combination with realism. In this painting, I also left the wood panel bare as part of a more interesting ground.
I am also experimenting a lot with collage, because it is a shortcut to introducing those blocks and shapes into the background, in this case an image of trees taken from a 1960s cigarette ad. The trees in front of it are painted by hand, as are the dancing bears, which I stole from the 19th century painter William Holbrooke Beard.
Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that, in the race to the holidays – during which I will be making gifts and decorations and shopping and generally getting very little time to myself – I will continue to work little collage pieces when I get snippets of time. I hope they will be a way to work out some compositional and color-related inquiries I have, in addition to inspiring longer, bigger works (for which I am already collecting ideas.) Here are a few recent experiments:
Until next time!
10 thoughts on “More New Work”
Beautiful! Love the “Tribal Deer”!!
Thank you! 🙂
I like your idea of working out you new backgrounds in smaller collages while doing all of the holiday things. That way your ideas aren’t lost in the holiday hustle. TFS!
Yes, and it may be more expressive of my day-to-day life, in a way. Fragments, snatched time, little moments…. ’tis the season! 🙂
Fun and interesting pieces! Love the deer!
Thank you, Edi!
Your collages are very unique. I really, really like the last three!
They have a certain mystery…
Thank you, Ana!
Great work, the backgrounds definitely add depth and interest to your paintings.
Thank you so much, Ryan!