Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Works / Exhibiting: At the Ponds Edge and Saccades VII

I will be in a group show that opens this Friday, May 12th at the Saks Galleries.

Annual Spring Fling, Group Exhibition of New Works
Opening Reception, Friday, May 12, 5-8pm
3019 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206 map
Continuing through June 30

Here are two new works from the exhibition:

Oil on canvas, 48 x 60  $9950 unframed
Exhibiting: Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT

This is the largest work of this series. I'm drawn to the intersections of sky, land and water and particularly how the trees come into contact with each of those elements. There is an amazing amount of hours that went into the making of this one. It shows in the painting texture with all those strokes and successive ideas as layers upon layers. This oil first had an incarnation as an autumn scene but I became enamored with the blues and slowly brought them to prominence, shifting into spring. More time in the studio with innumerable color experiments and before you know it, fall became spring.

When viewing it close up, it is a painting with literally thousands of lace-like marks with each color uniquely contributing to the whole. Everything is done with restraint and a light touch.  The end result is a line of trees with substantial mass. Except for the base of the trees, all of the foliage and sky edges are delicate and barely there with the early spring light diffused everywhere.

Oil on canvas, 40 X 40  $6650 framed
Exhibiting: Saks Galleries, Denver

The idea of the Saccades series is to create a more abstracted forest scene that works without a singular point of focus. This oil is pattern and color with equal interest everywhere. The greens and yellows are pushed but contained by the irregular verticals and the blues. I found that the more those colors were increased, the more attractive the oil became, creating a greater need for more powerful contrasts.

This cycle carried on for a month until a completed the painting emerged, a window into a forest that is alive with the yellows animating the scene and projecting everything forward in the space.

About the word Saccades:
"Since the late 19th century, researchers have been aware of the phenomenon of saccades, the rapid movement of the eye as we shift our attention from one thing to another. As a result, vision itself is discontinuous. We construct a “map of reality” from saccades much as a film editor puts together a scene from individual camera takes."

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