Morning in the workshop
I squeeze a tube of titanium white (a good name). But instead of paint coming out of the hole, a gash appears in the tube itself and white is everywhere. Covered in oily color and not wishing to let it go to waste, I smear the pictures that are leaned innocently against the wall amid their own projects, dabbing them with white and leaving white footprints all over the workshop floor in the process. Hardly have I done this than it begins to snow. The garden is covered by a layer of white. Again proof that painting is a perilous matter. I have on previous occasions invoked thunder and lightning, and now my brush and accident have conspired to draw down white.
—Per Kirkeby, Writings on Art
My Jasmine plant is blooming today just in time for photographing the new chakra necklaces that will be in the wfllt shop soon. Jasmine flower is said to link sacral energies to the heart and crown chakras. A bloomin’ good sign. :)
The Sacral Chakra is the seat of your creative energy and equips you to ‘to go with the flow’. In Sanskrit it’s called the Swadhisthana Chakra which loosely translates as ‘the sacred home of the self’ or “the goddess’ favorite standing place’. When in sync you are flowing, flexible and adaptive.
This Sacral Chakra necklace is hand-crocheted with Sunstone and Peach Aventurine gemstone beads. Sunstone brings vitality, abundance and longevity while Aventurine adds creativity, motivation and leadership. Now that’s some sparkle!
I found myself caught up exploring a digital drawing app…
One of the beauties of handmade is, just that, you are creating with your hands and your body moves— it’s a tactile experience and a dance. As a graphic designer I spend much of my design-time creating in the digital space, a space that lacks tactile qualities and movement, yup even with a standing desk. The flow and focus is similar to that when I am painting or creating with my hands but the body’s movement is much different. When I paint my whole body can participate, when I am designing on the computer my body is less involved there is a disconnect. So I am a bit concerned about the ease with which I enter this digital space… Hmmm. Perhaps the coming technology will allow our bodies to be involved, perhaps painting will become like painting and I can dance when I design. VR anyone?
Some of my abstract art becomes wrapping. The repeat creates an interesting Rorschach. I wonder what everyone will see in it?
In the process of looking and working on some larger paintings I have taken my love of photographing square-ups (seeing the details) and created notecards from these little harmonies... It’s another way of seeing the whole by breaking it down into constituent parts. And hey it’s fun. :) And who doesn’t love to get mail? Get yours here.
On vacation I am dreaming of surfaces and making photographs of surfaces in preparation to paint. Asking questions, seeing resolutions.
“For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature.”
– Piet Oudolf
Looking forward to the screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf at the MFA #pietoudolf #gardendesign #thomaspiper
Beauty in unexpected places.
Three panels from Woodfleet Project 2.0 an exhibition and sale to support Wellfleet's Preservation Hall. The last panel Flash sold at the event with half the proceeds going to the Hall. Sweet.
My nephew, at about 7 years of age, when asked "where are you going?' replied, " I'm gonna go see what I get up to." This response is dear to me in that it describes what happens when I go paint.
I believe it is this openness, this willingness to be a beginner that is needed to achieve the proper state of mind to paint.
"Insight preceded by humility". —Anne Truitt
The lost dune paintings.
Sometimes you long for the lost images, the ones that got painted over...
Lost in the canyons at Dia:Beacon