new small paintings
I've been working on some small paintings for several exhibits in the works. Above is are three from the White Paintings series, 10"x8" each.
In Barcelona this past September I was very moved by a huge white/off white, heavily textured painting by Antoni Tapies
in the Contemporary Art Museum. It is a very minimalist painting--no imagery at all, even in an abstract sense. Its presence and power come from its monumental scale and subtle textural shifts--and to a great degree from its extremely pale and haunting color. I wonder what it is about white (and subtle variations of white) that has captivated me, and is emerging in quite a few of my paintings (I was heading in this direction prior to seeing that Tapies painitng...that was just an added push.) Perhaps I love it because it creates such a quiet atmosphere, in which the slightest whisper of color, line or texture becomes significant.
On a completely different topic...I've recently joined Facebook and I'm finding that it really is
a great way to network and keep up with all kinds of things in the art world, as well as with old and new friends and their lives. (And yeah, I'm probably way behind the times in waiting this long...)