I have been back a couple weeks from the Foundation OBRAS residency and consequently dismantled my show in Augusta, GA at Sacred Heart Cultural Arts Center. Sold a fair amount of pieces and was very impressed by the professionalism of the staff there. Great experience overall. I now have to catch up on a little work around the house including building a fence, and some basic gardening.
House chores will take me through the end of 2017. I will start in earnest in January completing my series for the words + pictures exhibit at Riverviews Artspace next July. These people have been so encouraging and supportive of the upcoming show. The remaining 6 – 8 pieces to be done will be 42 x 42 inches and utilizing the groundwork set down at OBRAS. A couple of them may be diptychs. I am encouraged with the direction the work is going, but need to keep editing the process and content. The more abstracted work is more compelling paired with the chosen words from the NY Times. I still have to figure out how much info and narrative to give the viewer. Maybe none. At first I was dealing with metaphor, but now think the shapes need to be compositionally intuitive. There is always a point that the painting takes over, no matter what the original concept.
There will be further involvement with Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in 2018 with plans for a couple possible directions, both simple in nature. Large black and white charcoal drawings on BFK Rives paper will focus on weeds prevalent on Wyoming ranchland. A second plan is to further develop process and methodology for monoprints using found landscape elements. This will be highly experimental and based on the immediacy and spontaneity of the process. It will be interesting to see what evolves. Also in the planning stages to visit a couple little-known surreal places in Southern Wyoming that could make my head spin. More about that later.
Certainly 2017 was a turning point for the work. Considerably more work was produced and constructive directional decisions about content and composition were formulated. Lots to look forward to.