2012-14 plein air paintings in oil on linen are the sources for motion. the works in this new series are all based upon individual 16x16" plein air paintings in oil or gouache and painted in 2 layers: an under-drawing is drawn & then scraped over, peeking through the the final over-painting and suffusing it with mystery, richness, complexity and movement. thus the title: motion.
*scroll to the bottom for a short discussion of my relationship to gestural marks in the history of art.
this 8/8/11 plein air oil was the inspiration for motion 12
the under-drawing for motion 11
10/24/17 plein air gouache: the inspiration for motion 10
11/7/14 plein air oil: the inspiration for motion 8
11/1/12 plein air oil: the inspiration for motion 6
11/11/123 plein air oil: the inspiration for motion 9
9/16/14 plein air oil: the inspiration for motion 7 and motion 1
motion 7 38x38"
10/29/12 plein air oil: the inspiration for motion 5
throughout the history of art, informed gestural marks have been ubiquitous. on first glance, they can seem untitdy; even "messy." upon closer examination, they express a particular aesthetic to which i relate strongly. not unlike ones signature, the movement of your hand across the surface creates a kind of dance. the factor that transforms these marks into art is an underlying mastery of draftsmanship.
in giving these examples, my hope is that the visitor will gain a deeper appreciation for where my motion series of paintings is coming from. click on each image, below. mouse over it for details, & right click to scroll through all 12.