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Inaugural post

Ward, oil on linen, 40" x 48"

You've got to start somewhere, right?

Now is as good a time as any. My solo show "conceal / reveal" opened last Friday in Gallery III, at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. I managed to get ten pieces together, at the expense of my studio, which is barely traversable. Partly because of a new process I'm working with, which requires some minor carpentry. Dear God I hate carpentry, and I'm really, really bad at it. I know screaming at your materials isn't productive, and yet I persist. Maybe some day they will listen, and cooperate.

I'm happy with the results, though. I've finally come up with a way to display the screens I use when I start a painting. There are three of these pieces in the show- fragments of screens that have been used for a number of paintings. They don't photograph particularly well, but this one probably did the best:

Janus, mixed media, 21" x 17"

This screen was mostly used on the painting Rope, which is here:

Rope, oil on canvas, 36" x 60"

I painted throught the screen as an initial part of the painting process. The screen was reused a number of times on this piece, and includes a figure which ultimately didn't make it into the final painting. The screen has been reversed, as it makes the image easier to see. I'm looking forward to using some of the many screens I have floating around. It almost makes up for the carpentry. Almost.

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