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Wabi Sabi Series, Paintings on Reclaimed Wood, 17

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It's been fun writing these descriptions. As I explained the "Trace" series was stream of consciousness and so it's been with writing about them for Etsy.

Art is a wide open conversation, but there are two main motivations to make the work and most of us are a combination of both.

One inclination is to be inspired by materials, the process of transforming them, and working as a physical action. It's the more traditional one where artists use their bodies to paint, draw, cast, construct.

The other is conceptual, which is more recent, in the last century, where artists are driven by an idea. The materials and process are more of a means to an end.

I'm in the former camp. I committed myself to the simple action of picking up a piece of wood, responding to what was there by adding paint and sometimes objects, doing it with as little hesitation as possible and doing it over and over. What happened was in the end, this body of work contained everything I knew technically about painting and it ran the gambit of painterly language.

"Trace 17" reminds me of Japanese ink painting because the brushwork is swift, crisp and you can clearly see it. Then there's that circle smack in the middle with a subtle ghost of an embossment, which reminds me of an Asian Crest or perhaps a cosmic body in a sand storm. What do you see?

This piece measures 9.5"X10".

Wabi Sabi Series, Paintings on Reclaimed Wood, 17


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  • Materials: oil, encaustic, beeswax, founf wood, recycled wood, reclaimed wood, found objects, recycled objects, reclaimed objects
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