Guache paintings

Study of orange, Guache on paper, 30 x 22 inches, 2013

Study of orange, Guache on paper, 30 x 22 inches, 2013

Study of orange, Guache on paper, 30 x 22 inches, 2013
Study of orange, Guache on paper, 30 x 22 inches, 2013

 

Nest, string drawing number 13

Nest, string drawing number 13 (Detail) 2013Graphite and color pencil on paper, 18 x 22 inches

Nest, string drawing number 13 (Detail) 2013
Graphite and color pencil on paper, 18 x 22 inches

Drawings of string

String drawing number 6, loop with knott, 2012
Graphite and colored pencil on paper
7 inches x 6 inches

 

My recent drawings of yarn and butchers string emerged from a series of still lives documenting objects in my studio over the summer.

I am interested in using the string as a physical “line drawing” in space, lain out on the table by hand. Arriving at the compositions is an exploration of form, simplicity and instinct. I render the yarn and string at life scale using graphite and colored pencil, slowing my attention, studying, looking at the object before me.

Gowanus Open Studios tour, October 2012

I participated in the Gowanus Open Studio tour this year. It was a last show of new work before I returned to Northern California. A great weekend, filled with conversation.

 

still life study in progress

still life study

Untitled, abstract study #7 (detail)

Untitled, abstract study #7 (detail)

Mimesis

Vija Celmins, Night Sky No. 22, 2001 - Charcoal on Paper 18 3/4 x 22 inches

“What if we understood mimesis not so much in terms of representation, but, as Adorno suggests in his Aesthetic Theory, literally as a form of imitation, of mimicking, of doing impressions of nature? To draw a mountain is to mimic it, and, as a form of mimicry, a magical form of becoming.

Mimesis, as a magical practice, is a question of technique: of molding your vowels, modulating the lines you draw or paint, adapting movements, as a means of activating the sympathetic relationship between you and what’s out there.”

The Banff Center

portraits

Josh sleeping, with green blanket

Josh sleeping, with blue sheets

watching him sleep

Josh sleeping, study number 5, Lindsey Muscato, graphite on paper, 2011

 

 

“For as long as man has painted, he (and it usually is a he) has painted his lovers. Look at any of the great works of Western art and, chances are, you will find a mistress, girlfriend, wife or prostitute centre stage.”  — Kathryn Hughes

 

 

news papers

Greek language newspaper from Cyprus, printed November 1967

news papers in a window, DUMBO Brooklyn

news papers in a window, DUMBO Brooklyn