I finally sent off my entry to the aforementioned contest. This is what my bio/artist’s statement said:
I paint so that I might sip from the well of wild things. In this way my spirit is revived, nourished, and my imagination is empowered. I feel this practice is a way of knowing for me, a way to communicate that moves beyond the realm of language. There is a deep aliveness, a web of consciousness, to which we can attune ourselves, and this is my work. The painting is the bloom of the endeavor, the process by which it is made manifest.
Earlier in the day I got started on a new piece, which basically means I cleaned up my mess of the past few weeks and prepped the substrate. I have done a lot of work onblack paper, but really white paper offers such a better range of tone. So I cut off a nice sized chunk of paper and spread some glop on it that has marble dust in it. The marble dust provides excellent tooth for the pastel particles to settle into. Nothing very exciting, but I took a few pictures anyway:
When I’ve cleaned up my studio more I’ll be able to make a little video tour, as was once promised long ago. (I’ll just keep writing about it until it’s done!)
asked me if I would be offering it as a print, and the answer is yes. But I need to get my printer situation sorted out first. Working on it!
Your positive feedback on "Forgiveness" really surprised me! I started that painting AGES ago–back in 2004! Back then I didn’t have my studio–I rented this dismal room about five miles down the road. When I moved into my studio here, I almost tossed it. It was far from complete and a bit of a mess. It sat in a big flat file for years, until Sarah, my radiant personal assistant, found it and expressed love for it. I felt she was unfounded in her devotion, but because I needed more recent work for that competition, I decided to see what would happen with it. I’m pretty pleased with the result… There’s a little story, or maybe a big story, if I tell the whole thing, about why I titled it "Forgiveness", but I’ll have to save that story for when it’s available as a print, I think.
Thanks again, everyone, for your support!