Journal

Blossoming

Painting in progress, 2015

Painting in progress, 2015

Very few of my paintings begin with any preconceived idea. Most of the beginnings result from an inclination toward a color palette and some raw instinct, then the paint begins to inform the impression. Titles for the works or general directions usually happen later, sometimes part way through a painting's completion, sometimes at its end. A few layers into the painting I am working on now, I realized that it would somehow reflect the qualities of a rose, although not in a representational sense.

From  Rose Portraits , 2015

From Rose Portraits, 2015

From  Rose Portraits , 2015

From Rose Portraits, 2015

To satisfy the urge of creating something less abstract and to lend some insight into the painting, perhaps, I undertook to photograph a small group of roses in a vase on my living room table. The side project resulted in a series of digital photographs titled Rose Portraits. I may not ever know how this endeavor affects the painting, or why I felt drawn to the subject and the study, but I look forward to seeing what emerges on the canvas ...

From  Rose Portraits , 2015

From Rose Portraits, 2015