This painting palette is pretty indicative of how I [hopefully] will be painting this summer. Color! Mess! No boundaries!
As I was planning out my studio time for the summer season, my thought process went something like this:
I am an expert at assigning myself more than I can handle. Every summer I map out a number of very well-intentioned to-dos ...only to accomplish a handful of them. This summer I want to treat my studio practice a little differently- as a space for continued experimentation and discovery. I have spent too many years of my life being too afraid to start a painting for fear that it will not live up to my expectations. MY expectations? Who am I anyway? So, to quote Sol Lewitt in a 1965 letter to Eva Hesse, "relax and let everything go to hell- you are not responsible for the world- you are only responsible for your work- so DO IT."
OR in the words of my Dove dark chocolate wrapper, "Get messy."
Over the course of the next three months (June- August) I will work simultaneously on large experimental [read: MESSY] paintings on paper and planned paintings on canvas. The paintings on paper will be a exploration into the capacity of my materials and I have zero expectations. I will try my hardest to not judge them. The paintings on canvas will be thought out, researched and I will finish one for each month- 3 total. I will blog 2x a month about the process as well as to share the final work.
I am calling this project Summer Studio Experiments and will also be posting progress shots twice on week Instagram.
Here's to throwing criticism to the wind and exploring what paint can do!!!