|As I See It|
acrylic/mixed media on wc paper-12" x 16" image
acrylic on paper 11" x 14"
The first piece is this new idea that I have about what I see. I've thought this out. Here goes. I started out my painting life as a pseudo plein air painter. I learned from reading books by Kevin Macpherson and by watching Peggi Kroll Roberts videos. Can't go wrong with any of that but you walk away with a certain attitude and style. What happens when you want to add to that learning? To go beyond somehow? What if your learning shows you other ways to make art? What if you love paint and paper and Matisse and Shirley Jaffe and Ellsworth Kelly? Then what? Regroup is what. Figure out what you like and what you can do and what else is possible. I am a list maker. A gatherer of images and sketches and ideas. A thought gatherer. I write things down and get a feel for things and look at my surroundings conceptually and broadly. And I am simple and an introvert and I don't do complex or difficult. All of that has to show up in my art making.
So, the first piece is gathered up images from my travels up and down highway 26 through the town of Linden. There are ladders and the almond plant and the tracks and hills. All of it boiled down into colors and shapes. My list of Linden.
The second piece is my broad and conceptual idea of our water facility at the base of Hogan Dam. We (CCWD) let out water recently from our reservoir in order to fulfill whatever contractual obligations are owed farmers somewhere else. I think. Ten days I heard of water running out of the lake. I pictured the opening of the pipe and water and fields and a cloudless, non-rainy sky.
Hope everyone is having a good week so far. It's Tuesday!