bits and pieces
People often ask me how I decide on the arrangement of my multiple panel paintings and at what point in the process this happens. The answer is that I'm almost always open to changes until the last moment, when I cart them off to have the bolts put in...I like the idea of the whole painting being in flux for as long as possible, of having so many compositional possibilities at hand. But recently Carl, the bolting guy was going on vacation, and I didn't want to wait for his return to get something finished and shipped out. It's a busy time right now.
So I asked him to bolt together four panels that were barely begun--in fact, one panel was untouched. I knew that the arrangement I chose would be challenging for me--besides the need to approach it as one fixed surface, it's also a composition of panels that I haven't used before. I'm deep into the painting now and enjoying this different way of working. It seems more unified and holistic to me without the possibility of re-arranging things.
Of course I realize that for most painters, including myself up until a few years ago, this is really normal--the way things always are. It's kind of odd how fresh it seems to me.
In other news, I have recently updated my main website
so if you haven't seen it for awhile or have any urge to pass it along, please do so. Thanks!