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, January 9, 2011


"Abernathy " 18"x 19" polished cement and dry pigment on panel
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I filmed the process of this small piece. It is interesting to look back on it's creation and relive it's development. I wonder how much influence the physical act of filming had on the art. It certainly had the affect of slowing the work, as I had to start and stop the camera or move it's location, but did the self consciousness the camera imposed, alter the outcome of the work? It was hard to ignore it's presence and remain focused on the task at hand. I am sure that decisions I made during the process were altered or affected. But is that necessarily a bad thing? All art is influenced by physical conditions that are taking place during it's creation. A disturbing phone call, stopping to have lunch or answer the call of nature. These influences are all ingredients of authentic art. They make it real and honest.


  1. I very much enjoyed watching this video, thank you.
    What an interesting process.

  2. This is awesome! Enjoyed it very much. I wonder what it would be like to watch it from under the glass you are working on top of! :)

  3. Thanks everyone. I always feel a little exposed and vulnerable when filming my process. Glad it is appreciated.

  4. Really interesting....I've experimented with thinset, but didn't get the effect I wanted...maybe I'll try it again....

  5. Thanks Cynthia, I use thinset sometimes and self-level cement from Home Depot as well as some other exotic cements that I come across. I mix in dry pigments made especially for masonry projects.


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