From sculpture to urbanscapes: changing focus
Around the beginning of 2014, I decided to put my sculpture aside for an indefinite period of time and devote my time to painting. As a subject, I wanted to show the urban landscape we live in, but without making any judgement calls on it. And I didn't want to make purely representational work, so I use the urbanscapes as a jumping off point but then I like to use the scene to make a statement about painting itself. Rather than being astutely accurate, I simplify what I see and paint with thoughts of color and shape. I section off areas of color and paint them as panels. The subject remains identifiable but I hope it's also seen as a painterly endeavor.
The new painting process
There seems to be this process I go through when creating a painting and it repeats itself for almost all of them. First the idea. This stage is generally one of euphoria where I believe I've found the perfect subject. Next stage is to do the drawing on the panel and it's then I start having my doubts. Doesn't look as good as I thought it would.
Not a problem, we carry on. So I start adding in the color and that's when it starts looking even worse. Okay, that's it. I give up. Trash the panel and start again. I get a grip on myself and remind myself this is what I go through every time. I step back and try to figure out what's right and what's wrong with my piece. This needs that and that needs this.
Then I continue armed with my new ideas. It's at this point where I have to have faith in myself because this is where I just plod along following the play, Stan. Add some colour here. Add some colour there.
And then after hours of this,I add a few strokes here or there, step back and realize I might actually have something worth keeping. Encouraged, I press onwards and after several hours of refining what I have, I usually have a piece I'm happy with. The trick is to know when to stop. But that's what I go through with almost all my pieces, big or small.