Thursday, June 23, 2011

Obstructions assignment

Prof. Tozer made us students pair up, interview each other, formulate 5 obstructions for our partner, and then make something in 24 hours according to the obstructions that one received from their partner.  It was a whirlwind of a day, but everyone finished and, like last fall, there were some significant discoveries.  Students who were in the doldrums seemed to catch a fresh breeze and those who were already well under sail found fertile shores.

My obstructions were the following:
-No computer
-No patterns
-Must use green and one other color
-Take three separate walks and jot down notes each time
-Wear someone else's shoes

I felt that these were not really obstructions, but were instead suggestions.  People often get the idea that I can only operate in a cage built of rulers, stencils and masking tape because they only see the hard line stuff.  My work has a wider range than that but I have to keep up with the pattern stuff until I flesh out this particular body of work.  I nevertheless faced this challenge as an excuse to let in a little indulgence to see if it could take me somewhere new.  I am not sure yet if I have found any new discoveries, but perhaps there is something in there that has a timed-release nature and it will slowly unpack itself in a couple weeks.  Anyways, here it is.  The images following the obstructions piece are in-process snaps of my final piece for the Summer session.

Lemon juice, graphite and house paint

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Critique this work please!

Critique this work please!

Five Houses and Four Years
Lemon juice, graphite, house paint on paper

This following piece is near completion.  Please critique it nonetheless!

Lemon juice and graphite on paper

Friday, June 10, 2011

Slowly but surely

Progress is being made eventually.  I am certain that I will meet the critique deadline of having something finished for Wednesday since I was able to get another 10" x 24" started.  Last night I also began my large drawing/painting and it feels nice to be on track.  Here a couple shots of some progress made tonight.

This one is still wet and that is why the light spots show at the top of the paper.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Back In Brown (work in progress)

Hello all!

I back for another attempt at routine self documentation practice.  In other words, I have to get better at posting my stuff on the web.  It has been almost a year since my last post and a lot has occurred.  My painting titled Your Wrong was part of the ArtsWest exhibit in Eau Claire last March, and I had new large work accepted titled PM nest into the yearly publication/art exhibit Prometheus last April.

Your Wrong
Oil Stain on Oak Flooring

PM nest
Lemon juice, oil paint and graphite on paper

No. 1
Oil paint on paper

No. 2
Oil paint on paper

I am still into the lemon juice and the staining has gone on hiatus, but will make a reappearance late this summer.  Here is a peek at some current work in progress.

They are a bit more intimate.  The scale is 10" by 24".  The main idea for these smaller pieces is to stand as a sort of hyphen between the larger works.  A hyphen functions to simultaneously divide yet join two things.  It is my hope that through these I will be able to flesh out more of the peculiar narrative that seems to be heaving to the surface in my work.