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Around Here: March 2022

A New Striped Mixed Media Painting

Over the past few weeks, I've been working on this large (36x36) striped painting:

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It's actually on top of a painting I threw together back in 2017 when we were staging Steve's house to sell it.

image from balzerdesigns.typepad.com

It never felt like a finished painting to me,  So recently, I let it sit in the studio for about a month.  It was on the floor.  It was leaning on some drawers.  I hung it on my painting wall.  I just kind of lived with it for a while.  Soon enough, I starting cleaning my brushes off on it and I even let my son have a go at drawing all over it for about a week.

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After a while, I finally felt that I knew what I wanted to do with it.

This seems like the perfect moment to state something that I know I've said before: TIME is a key part of the artistic process. 

Time to think.

Time to practice.

Time to grow.

Time to change.

Time to find new ideas.

Time to process.

Time away.

Time to have fresh eyes.

Time to experiment.

Time to fail.

We all need time and the artistic process needs time too.

Five years ago I made a big painting that felt like a background or a beginning.  This week I texted a friend of mine a photo of this new piece.

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I loved that she understood what I was trying to do. The deeper I dive into abstract art, the more I realize that so much of it is about creating something that (a) doesn't look like wallpaper, and (b) provides enough visual stimuli to act as a catalyst for the viewer's imagination.

Here are a few close-ups of the painting - be sure to look for the painted weavings:

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I tried to incorporate all kinds of different lines into this piece.  You can see that so much of this painting is about the push-and-pull between hard "perfect" lines and soft hand drawn lines.  And, of course, the peeks of the graffiti-style painting behind.  I'm really pleased with this one.  I hope you like it too!

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Finally, I'm so pleased to share that this piece has been juried into the "Love That Dirty Water" exhibit at the Speedway in Brighton, MA, April 7 - May 29, 2022.  The exhibit is open to the public and there will be a public reception on May 11, 5-7pm EST.  If you're local, I hope to see you there. This piece will be for sale during the exhibit.

Thanks for stopping by!

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