I am an artist, not a writer. My Intent is not to educate, enlighten or inspire but rather to clarify my motivations to myself. I find that when I write down the thoughts and reasons that I take certain paths, it helps me to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Let's face it, authentic work evolves through a series of mistakes, lessons learned and options eliminated.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Koi Pond

In the past I have been working fairly large, but recently I decided to play around with smaller works. "The Koi Pond" measures 25"x 24". To me, that is small. I feel more comfortable when working in the 5 or 6 foot range. I find it challenging to achieve a free gestural stroke using wrist action as opposed to my whole arm. None the less, this small size makes it possible to work much faster using less material. I consider each piece I complete a learning experience, so working small, in theory, should increase my learning curve. In practice, though, working smaller set me back. I had several miserable failures as the confines of the edges of the panel curtailed my freedom and imagination. I had to make a mental shift to this new scale. "The Koi pond" was the first successful attempt at reducing my images. When a photo of the image did not scream out "I am small", I felt I was on the right track.

"The Koi Pond" 25"x 24" polished pigmented cement on panel

1 comment:

  1. I think your insight regarding the effect of the image "not looking small" is brilliant.


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