Looking forward to our show together! we will not be present for the beginning of the show, but back on Aug 18th at 2pm, when Sylvia and I will give short artist talks. The top image is by SJ Whitton , called "Shamhat's Garden" , the bottom Image is a "runby" installation shot.
Don't know if this will go anywhere, but I start with an uncertain plan, an intentionally half baked idea from my sketchbook and see where the process leads...
Running seems a useful metaphor for many things I believe about the nature of the physical world and our relationship to it.
First existence is wrapped up with movement, of planets, of air, of atoms etc. With this movement also comes the exchange of molecules; for example, from our skin and when we breathe. This exchange interweaves us with our surroundings, our element.
Every simple or complex collection of molecules shares and is affected by movement through time. The phrase "slipping glimpser ", coined from painter William de Kooning, comes to mind. As observers slipping and glimpsing, seeing as we move and moving as we see, sliding through time and space as everything else slips and slides past and through our semi-permeable membranes and minds.
This series of "runby" paintings developed as a result of combining two of my passions, painting and running...
Fun to see one of the 'runby' cut-outs in a home setting, this time without any of the 'runby' glimpses hanging around it. I think the warm grey wall excites the colour of the wood and adds a richness to the piece that is quite different than on a white wall..
I enjoy painting the Prince's Gates, have for years... the drama the colour, the structure... the sky and the city mixing into the architecture. The pale structure changes so much with available lighting and weather... finally the colour play. It is often a focal point on the long lake runs....
Continue in work on the 'Molecular Suite', knowing that all the elements that create our physical world were born in dying stars and that as we move through the air the air moves through us is an inspiring thought.
An image from The gallery including 7 of my Runby oil sketches, some from Toronto some from Basel. March 2017
Thinking of moments and time, the movement of it , how we define it and it defines us.
"moment3:37 pm." charcoal, graphite, ink, on vellum
nature and urban infrastructure...
Ran the Basel Marathon 2016 and was a stunningly beautiful day ... now onto my paintings from the experience of that day my time exploring Basel and environs. I am so inspired by the light, reflections, shapes and colours dancing though the Rhine river, it will be a certainly recurring theme. When I display the paintings here the blog template sets them out in such an orderly way, but while working on them I imagine them be in a random array at uneven intervals, interrupted by cut out figurative pieces.
In these 'dog days' of summer a breeze off the water offers some relief from the city heat. Marathon training in humid summer weather can be challenging but looking at the lake and the expanse of sky is relaxing and recharging none the less... the way scenes change so drastically over a year or a day is constantly engaging. The lake has moods too ... ruffled and opaque or glassy and transparent or reflective, in so many colours so many possibilities....These paintings from my "run-by" series are from Humber bridge to the beaches... in no particular order.
'Having some fun running by some pieces from my series of 'run-bys' at CORE Gallery/realty
Working towards an exhibition coming up in a couple weeks and it always seems to be the case that the momentum builds as the date draws near. Unlike training for a marathon there is no reason to "taper" my activity, except of course the oil paintings will be wet! So the tunneled-vision-frenzy of wanting to work through ideas just builds.... The house falls apart around me, meals are forgotten, it's a mess and after I catch my breath all will return to normal.
Painting is a messy business, physically and mentally, not to mention the coagulating paint medium, hot cotton gloves inside hotter vinyl ones, punctured oozing paint tubes, solvents... and then the brushes... Yep, a lot of time spent wrestling the physical world when you paint, and not to complain 'cause it's nice work when you can get to it, it's just surprisingly draining. The set-up and clean-up and the struggle in between to make something you like. .... Playing with colour and ideas seem to make it all worth the effort, it can be satisfying and there are no guarantees.
This is a piece based on a painting I did called "Helix", and it twists the original notion I had in another direction and works as a variant. Painted purposefully ambiguous while thinking about ; matter, stars, lovers, flux, spirals, flowers, molecules racing around, turning.... Like language I find myself often painting in signs and metaphors.
There have been some big decisions and choices that have been occupying me, I took that as a theme for this self portrait. Blue is such an infinite colour for me, like the sky , the colour of depth, and so many possibilities. So an introspective portrait searching inside for answers. I haven't been doing much work in oil paint lately so I enjoyed working with the the resistance and viscosity of the oil paint in this piece. "Consider" approx 3x4ft, oil paint.