2022. Acrylic, charcoal, collage on canvas. 12 x 12 in.
Karma. One of the new collages I’ll be featuring in the “Wonder Valley Friends” group show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in April. I’ve been working on these steadily but just finally got some more photos last week. I’ll be taking maybe half a dozen of the paintings to the framer’s on Wednesday, which should be fun.
The camera had a challenge capturing the finely spotted appearance of the phthalo turquoise pigment. I’m not sure why the paint separated as it did. Perhaps it was the airbrush medium I used to thin it, or perhaps it was the preparatory layers of fixative I sprayed on the charcoal causing the paint to kind of bead up. Anyway, I liked it! Chance, rather than control, governs the initial stages of these collages.
It’s not generally advisable to have a big bright red shape almost in the middle of your painting. Common principles of composition oppose it. But as soon as I placed this collage shape there, I accepted it. That’s probably when the name – Karma – came to me, as well. An asymmetrical wheel of life.
I haven’t been posting much lately. It’s a combination of changing feelings about the work and a period of naturally arising silence. Although, as always, my mind never stops, I don’t feel like sharing the insights. They seem either depressing or inconsequential, in the grand scheme of things. People don’t need more depressing thoughts just now, right? And there are sooo many words and images drowning us every day, I recoil at the idea of adding more.
But nevertheless I continue working happily and steadily in the studio, fully engaged, and generally pleased with the results although not always, of course. Experiments sometimes flat-out fail, or take us on a troublesome journey before resolving. It’s the nature of the beast. The nature of adventure.
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