2020. Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11 in.
Plague Faces No. 17
2020. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 in.
I start by creating a complex surface (in both these examples largely with rollers), then use a single color to paint away everything that’s not the shape I’m foregrounding. “Negative shape” painting, a common technique. It can bring the work to a magical conclusion, but you have to have faith that it’s going to come together because in the meantime it doesn’t look like much. I liked “No. 17” a lot, and found a way very soon to go there again in “Granite I”, a totally different subject.