Journal

The Secret Lives of Paintings

Bottom edge of a painting, 2015

Bottom edge of a painting, 2015

Much of my work in oils focuses on the paint and what it does apart from the manipulation of it. I am especially delighted to find the medium's own secret expressions in the studio: on the bottom edge of a painted canvas, on an easel ledge, or on the wood floor.

Easel ledge, 2015

Easel ledge, 2015

Studio floor, 2015

Studio floor, 2015

Many years ago, I came to prefer accidental portions of completed canvases over the whole and final compositions that I had intended. Eventually, I cut the unexpected parts out of the paintings to re-conceive new depictions, with a nod to Wallace Stevens: "In the sum of the parts, there are only the parts."

Two fragments from old paintings, 2015

Two fragments from old paintings, 2015

Fragment from an old painting, 2015

Fragment from an old painting, 2015

One fragment of six pink vertical brushstrokes felt especially remarkable to me in whatever its quality was that seemed not to be made by me. This small and unintended portion of a larger painting made more than ten years ago, continues to inspire my practice today.