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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Displacement Artifact #1

“Displacement Artifact#1”  19 3/4” x 13 1/4”
 polished cement & dry pigment on panel

I have never really been able to force myself to do a series.  I always get bored or hit a dead end, but I feel like now is the time to give it a shot. This is what I consider to be a small piece, so I wagered very little in terms of materials and time.  A major part of my job as an artists is to experiment. That unanswered question "what if", supplies me with the proverbial high I get when all is risked with no guaranties.  This piece appeals to my sensibilities to the point that I want to make it a jumping off point and take the risk of working larger.  Scale has always been important to me.  It is easy for me to zero in on a small portion of one of my works and find something exciting. It is difficult to reproduce that segment larger and keep the excitement. Scale is the reason. The marks made on the smaller piece have to be scaled up. Meaning larger brushes and drawing implements.  I don't mean to try and reproduce an actual small segment or piece I've already done. That would be boring and pointless. What I mean to do, is try to accomplish it's simplicity on a larger scale. So after I have had time to thoroughly digest this piece, I plan on doing a series of similar works but larger.


  1. If i could say one thing William try to avoid opaque colours .

    The difference between this piece and the previous post is what im talking about.

    Keep on working on TRANSPARENCY , one of the major keys in your work

    Kind Regards David Weir

  2. Hi David. Thank you very much for you insight, I will definitely take it into consideration.

  3. It is admirable that your concept had been clearly taken off to the next piece after the completion of such a beautiful work.
    I think scale matters a lot especially for the artists treating unique painting materials.
    I'm very curios how you would keep or even enhance this perfection on a larger scale.

  4. Thanks Miki. I am uncomfortable working small so it is nice to get input from someone that is an expert at it.


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