A painting begins long before I put my brush to canvas. Images and ideas float around and take shape in my sketch book in the form of notes and drawings. Some notes from my current sketchbook:
Discreet Math : Rational Numbers
collect vintage ashtrays and know how to breakdown a rife blindfolded in 5 seconds or less
how to draw braids
twos and sevens
embrace my natural proclivities
Do Not Attack What Seems Ridiculous
lull lullen lollen
a pack of smokes a lottery ticket and two scratchers
Why did you let her sleep with broken bones inside her?
A transmutation of materials and ideas occurs during painting, facilitated by working and re-working the surfaces. Most paintings in this show have multiple finished images lurking underneath the finished image.
I prefer to paint on paper. One of my favorite ways to start painting is to cut four pieces of paper into 4 feet x 4 squares. I stack two pieces of paper on top and two on the bottom to make an 8 x 8 foot square unit. As I work, the papers get shuffled around and turned upside down. As they develop, I pull them apart and finish them individually.
October 2018 Painter’s Notes: A painter friend generously gifted me some used oil paint in vibrant colors that I would not normally purchase for myself. This gift, partnered with increased occurrences in my ocular migraines, resulted in some very bright and jarring color combinations. A note in my sketchbook stands out. It is a quote from the writer, Mary Ruefle who says “I want to get really good at not knowing what I am doing.” That is the goal that I want for myself.
February 2018 Painter's Notes: Reworking paintings from 2017. Thinking about taking away the form and just leaving simple shapes and colors. "Are you looking at it because it needs to be resolved or because it is interesting?" Quote by Eric Fischl (i think)
August 2017 Painter's Notes: Hildegard of Bingen's drawings in the Scivias are mind-blowing. As I was researching her history, I found some writers that theorized that she may have suffered from migraines with auras and that those visual disturbances may have found their way into her imagery. I am a sister sufferer of migraines with auras and I thought I would try to express mine in a painting. (see Behind My Left Eye)
April 2017 Painter's Notes: Continued study of patterns and objects including: static, marbles, chainsaw. Influences can also be found in a broad range of research and reading about math, anatomy and jewelry, specifically: Munchhausen and Narcissistic numbers, Jules Galet anatomical drawings, tiaras and the poetry of Sandra Lim.
March 2106 Painter's Notes: I have been obsessively studying the images from Susan Meller's book, Russian Textiles: Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of Central Asia and I am awestruck by the juxtaposition of patterns and colors in the textiles. These images serve as inspirations for my bright palette, as seen in the painting, Sweet Tongued.