Passing Into Summer I
The idea with these paintings is what can be created within the balance of motion and stillness. Initially I start with paint pours and gently guiding and manipulating the flow and direction by holding the board and moving it around this way and that to create an organic patterning. I follow this process of movement with a session of still, focused application of paint, in which I consciously paint with tiny brushes back into the patterns created through movement. During this process I carefully consider color and value contrast to bring the painting forward. I go back and forth in this process until I feel that the painting has reached it's full potential. So these paintings are based on finding a harmonious balance between chance and intention--rather like life. In the end I have a colorful interwoven tapestry effect with layers upon layers of a grid-like spidering patterns. I titled this series of works Passing into Summer, because I painted them in June, and there is a certain way that I feel when passing into the summer season, a sense of ease, balanced with enthusiasm, that I feel that these paintings seem to speak to.