Category: Processes


Adaptation: Evolution Of A Creation

My recent painting, Crescent Path, is a case-in-point, that in the process of painting, one must be able to adjust and change to the ever developing image. The excitement for this piece began with the dynamic shape of a crescent, formed by the swooping path, evident from my angle-of-view to the scene. Close to completion I discovered an area that needed to be painted out and revised, i.e., I adapted to the composition […]


Simplification: Boldness In Composition

Simplification is a consideration for the composition as a whole. The implied reality is more dynamic than rendering with much detail. It expresses boldness and power. The finished piece boasts of its visual strength with large shapes of color and fierce construction of form […]


Strategies: The In’s And Out’s Of Painting

Charles LeClair…talks about the “strategies” that contemporary painters employ to create their work. Here the artist chooses how he will proceed based on the color strategies he decides to use. Maybe the path will become naturally straighter as I go, I don’t know; I guess I could decide to make it so at any time. But painting for me is a searching out and I’m not sure there has to be any goal other than expression for the moment […]


The Process Screams: Work And Fulfillment

The artist’s mantra, still today, is “process”, though the definition has changed a bit. The doing of art–emersion in the process–is set high on a spiritual pedestal; it’s a pathway to God, a way of connecting to the soul or to the universe or what have you. I can’t dispute it, but I see a tendency to take something lauded from the past and imbue it with meaning beyond the original intent; it’s kind of like our elation when we see an old master’s painting that we had previously seen featured in books


*Original* Sin

Interesting what the writer, Stephen King, said, that “you learn to write from reading.” Seeing all the arts as parallel I’m reminded of Goldstein’s advise, to look at great works of art and to study nature (he also said to draw continuously). Many artists have espoused the importance of using nature as instructor […]



It’s more and more apparent to me the importance of logical, analytical thought as part of the process of doing art. Hard won skills and knowledge come only from the practical—practical exercise of one’s faculties and the systematic thought necessary in practice, practice and more practice. But this is not about practice I don’t believe…I see that I mustn’t only react intuitively, I must use all my cognitive faculty. This goes for art in general and for each specific work […]


Savageries: The Technique Of No Technique

Those painters who strain after techniques that will produce a tree, a grassy field or a cloudy sky should listen to Van Gogh: “My brush stroke has no system at all. I hit the canvas with irregular touches of the brush, which I leave as they are. Patches of thickly laid-on colour, spots of canvas left uncovered […]