Rot In Progress Layer 5

Rot In Progress Layer 5

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 5 October 11, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 5 October 11, 2015 Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide space for it to safely fail, to have the freedom to hit a dead end and make a U-turn. Already this piece has hit many dead ends. Many iterations died before anything was ever manifested. But, I make an exception for the ROT exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis. I agreed to blog about it. Waiting... Read More
Rot In Progress Layer 4

Rot In Progress Layer 4

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 4 September 26, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 4 September 26, 2015 The project has developed its own rhythm. I learn as I go. Each layer becomes more delicate and I hope that my skills with the blade increase with each layer’s intricacies. Image below: Layer 4 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in.   Progression of the Work in Progress Untitled Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-1 Work In Progress: Base Layer Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-2 Work In Progress: Base Layer with Gouache Rot-Work-In-Progress-Layer-2 Work In Progress:... Read More
Rot Layer 3

Rot Layer 3

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 3 September 7, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 3 September 7, 2015 The project has developed its own rhythm. I learn as I go. Each layer becomes more delicate and I hope that my skills with the blade increase with each layer’s intricacies. Image below: Layer 3 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in.   Progression of the Work in Progress Untitled Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-1 Work In Progress: Base Layer Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-2 Work In Progress: Base Layer with Gouache Rot-Work-In-Progress-Layer-2 Work In Progress:... Read More
Rot Work in Progress: Layer 2

Rot Work in Progress: Layer 2

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 2 August 29, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 2 August 29, 2015 I’ve reached the stage where I feel that this project is too insane. My hands and back hurt hurt and the process seems to be an endless tedious Sisyphean task that will produce nothing but a piece of crap. Oh, yes, I’m familiar with this part of the creative process. The only thing to do at this stage is to keep on going. It will evolve into something new tomorrow, next week or next month. Image below: Layer 2 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in. The map pins are gone. I couldn’t... Read More
Work in Progress: ROT August 15

Work in Progress: ROT August 15

Work In Progress: ROT August 15, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT August 15, 2015 Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide space for it to safely fail, to have the freedom to hit a dead end and make a U-turn. Already this piece has hit many dead ends. Many iterations died before anything was ever manifested. But, I make an exception for the ROT exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis. I agreed to blog about it. Waiting until... Read More
An Introduction to the White Rock

An Introduction to the White Rock

An Introduction to the White Rock HJ Andrews Project In 2008 I completed A Year of Average Colors of the South Yuba River: an mathematical determination of an aesthetic value. The project was extremely reductive, as its concept was to arrive at a single hue that represented the color of the entire river over the course of a year. The resulting paintings did not account for turbidity, time of day, weather, or countless other factors. It was as if one drop of color of the river, independent of the factors that contributed to the color was extracted, almost arbitrarily. The white rock was... Read More
HJ Andrews Project: Ambient

HJ Andrews Project: Ambient

I want to find out what colors comprise a creek. It seemed like a fairly straightforward thing to do until I got started. It turns out that everything changes constantly. This is the first iteration of an idea using my white rock. I put it in Watershed 1 near the mouth of Lookout Creek in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest (scientist creek naming is not very creative). It serves as a white reference point to compare the creek surrounding the rock. The top panel consists of the white rock colors. The bottom is the creek bed colors. The colors in both panels are arranged by time. Each minute... Read More
HJ Andrews Project Beginnings

HJ Andrews Project Beginnings

What would happen with my art, and myself, if I had one place that I worked with for the rest of my life? HJ Andrews Experimental Forest is, in many regards, a lot like much of the forest in the western Cascade Range of Oregon. There are patches of old-growth forest within logged areas. But unlike any of the other forested land in Oregon, it is also a place dedicated to long-term ecological research. Scientists begin research projects with the intention that the inquiry will span 200 years. We can’t imagine now many of the questions that scientists will be asking about the forest in... Read More
Water Underpaintings

Water Underpaintings

I have begun painting the 3 companion panels to the sky paintings. Water is much more irregular than sky, at least this is the case for this particular place at this particular time. The challenge with starting these paintings has been how to deconstruct and separate information about the creek into small, more manageable pieces that I will then be able to rebuild to make the paintings, much like a layered jigsaw puzzle. I have decided to share some of the process. The image below is of two of the water panels (2 & 3 to be exact). The first step was to paint each panel a golden yellow.... Read More
HJ Andrews Sky Panels

HJ Andrews Sky Panels

These three panels are the sky panels of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Project: Sky/Water, January 26, 2013; 1:48 PM; Road 1506 Bridge Over Lookout Creek Near Road 1506 Junction. It was a cold, snowy winter day. I’ve wanted to make some luminous gray paintings for a while – there is so much gray in Oregon winters that I feel like I need to explore the possibilities of muted gray tones. This day provided a great opportunity to start. The sky was an ominous gray and the water underneath the bridge, a varied mix of brown and blue grays. The system that I developed for this... Read More

Failed Paintings and Seeds of Ideas

I developed a concept and created sketches and reference material for some paintings. I constructed and prepared a panel and got to work on the first painting of the series. A few days into it I realized I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the way that it was turning out and I wasn’t engaged with the idea. This is not a good combination. In the past I may have struggled with it for a while. I may have dragged myself into the studio to try to revive a dying thing. But this time, when I realized that this painting and series didn’t have a future, I just stopped and walked away. The hardest thing... Read More

Sticker Shock

Now that I have a long-term project based on HJ Andrews Experimental Forest underway, I thought that I may as well make this BIG. However, making things big is difficult for a few reasons: 1) My studio is not big; 2) My cash flow is also what you can consider ‘not big.’ So, the logical step is not to scale things down, but to make some not big things bigger. Step one is trying to find the funds for this project. I dusted off the grant writing book and got to work. One thing that I was unprepared for was how many uncomfortable feelings about money come bubbling to the surface when money comes... Read More

A Little Creative Flow

After my October residency at HJ Andrews nothing happened. It was like the experience stopped any and all creative flow. I actually started to get worried that I had used up my good idea quota. It took three months, but then an idea started to form. In late January I headed back to HJ Andrews to take some reference photos. My plan was to go to two locations on Lookout Creek, at a bridge, the other higher up along a trail in the old growth forest. It was a cold, wet day, but fairly warm for January. It was only spitting slush; at least it wasn’t snowing. But as I got closer to my first... Read More
Beetle Drawings

Beetle Drawings

Beetle Drawings Gouache During the residency at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest I worked on one gouache painting. The last time I used gouache was about 20 years ago. I don’t have fond memories of the medium. Recently, something in the deep recesses of my memory nagged me to try it again. I felt that my first foray into the medium was nothing but a struggle. I was trying to paint like I was using oil paints. Gouache, however, is nothing like oil paints. Not ready to give up entirely, I tried another once I returned home to my own studio. This time I went into it as if I were making... Read More

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