Little paintings are a part of my featured work during the studio open house – 1st weekend in December. It’s a totally different kind of creative space to work small vs large scale. Miniature work doesn’t happen if my creativity is demanding mops of Sumi ink and 15ft linen panels.
Sample panels of linen for the 15′ commission, hanging from rafters – drying from test applications of different gesso’s – clear and white, random coverage vs complete – then sanding each layer of gesso. Truly a workout!
A circle is often a part of my work. It’s an intuitive mark always created without planning and most often in one stroke, one breath. Intrigued with years of circle markings, I researched historically cultures that use circles in art making and connected immediately with the Japanese lore: Enso (circle) is subject to a variety of interpretations – seen as everything from a rice cake to a symbol of infinity, emptiness/fullness and the cyclical nature of existence. It is a visual and poetic image, traditionally intended to evoke feelings of calm and completeness.