The Plank Paintings: Playa, September 2013 — January 2014

The “Plank Paintings”, more formally known as Summer Lake from Winter Ridge, has long been finished. I wrote about it earlier, under the rubric of The Project from Hell. I finished the last coats a bit more than a year ago, and I recorded much of the process along the way. Then life intervened andContinue reading “The Plank Paintings: Playa, September 2013 — January 2014”

Space and Place, First Thoughts

 The Amargosa Panorama from Fra Lippo Lippi, by Robert Browning …We’re made so that we love First when we see them painted, things we have passed Perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see; And so they are better, painted — better to us, Which is the same thing. Art was given for that; GodContinue reading “Space and Place, First Thoughts”

Bits and Bytes: Day 33, Dec. 3, 09

Yesterday, I took the day off and was playing at painting the Beatty Community Center when the silver Honda pulled up with David Lancaster and all his photo equipment. So I got to exploit the photographer. Actually he had set up and done some phtography before he found me, but at the Barn, after someContinue reading “Bits and Bytes: Day 33, Dec. 3, 09”

“Finished” Done, Complete, Replete, the End: Nov 30, 2009

I have declared the big linen panorama “finished.” Note the quotes. I almost never finish a work until it has sat and thought for a while. And until I have sat and looked for a while. However, we will hold an Open Studio next Saturday, pack up the Studio Sunday, pack up the house afterContinue reading ““Finished” Done, Complete, Replete, the End: Nov 30, 2009″

Unoriented: Day 29, Nov. 29, 2009

I told Jer this morning that I should be able to “finish” these canvases in another two days. Tonight I’m not so sure. But I’m not going to show any more photos of them until I’m fairly confident that I’ve done as much as I can see to do. The panorama set does have aContinue reading “Unoriented: Day 29, Nov. 29, 2009”

It Was A Dark and Stormy Day: Day 28, Nov 28, 2009

Well, it wasn’t exactly dark — just amazingly, wondrously, hideously, wildly stormy. I’d add more adjectives, but Jer won’t let me. It was also teeth chattering cold, but I couldn’t resist having the big barn doors open to watch the sky and desert as the storms came and went. I was at the Barn atContinue reading “It Was A Dark and Stormy Day: Day 28, Nov 28, 2009”

Short Day with Evaluation: Day 24, Nov. 24, 2009

I got up slowly and moved slowly and sipped my coffee slowly, and did desultory emails but finally, slowly, went off to the studio about 10:30 AM. I thought, since it was already too late to do anything serious, that I would try setting up the internet connection at the Red Barn. Jer and IContinue reading “Short Day with Evaluation: Day 24, Nov. 24, 2009”

Another Direction: Day 23, Nov. 23, 2009

Where do I start? One day is much like another, only different, and each day seems to bring new revelations. At least each does when I’m paying attention. This morning, I worked over that central panel, again. I realized that, as it was painted, it looked as if a gap existed between the mountains —Continue reading “Another Direction: Day 23, Nov. 23, 2009”

Working the Center: Day 22, Nov 22, 2009

A shortish day today. Lots of visitors, including old friends Fred and Betty, from last February, when they kept an eye on me from  Rhyolite, where they were caretakers. It was good to see them again; we spent a  couple hours just catching up. It was Fred and Betty with whom we traveled down TitusContinue reading “Working the Center: Day 22, Nov 22, 2009”

Sometimes a Great Notion: Day 21, Nov. 21, 2009

This was a hard-working day at the Studio. I didn’t mean it to be — I just kept seeing  More To Be Done. I worked the center panels, particularly the central one, very hard today, using Liquin as if it were water. I also got to use my spatula-like tool, of which I’m very fond,Continue reading “Sometimes a Great Notion: Day 21, Nov. 21, 2009”