I started up painting again in the studio today after about three weeks of not finding the time. The new year has started of kind of at a low point, plans fell through, altercations with people I care about, etc. But restarting in the studio feels good. I actually find it funny that sometimes if I take time off from the studio and come back I have all this fresh energy and the painting seems to come out of me a little easier. It’s like beginners luck or something.
I started off today mixing color, which is how I usually start- I always find it a little easier if I have a lot of options out on my pallet. Usually I stick to six colors in my pallet- I’ve had this pallet for at least ten years and it’s served me well, I’ve learned a ton by really getting to know those colors. A couple months back I added some new colors for the first time, and I noticed a brighter luminosity about my work after that, but in general the pallet hadn’t changed that much. Today I decided to take a different approach. My friend Sophie Aston, who was a resident here at the Vermont Studio Center for the last three months left me a box full of tubes of Old Holland and Williamsburgh oils (for those who don’t know, these are pretty high quality paints). It was a very generous gift! But it’s also had all these colors foreign to my pallet. I particularly took interest in the iridescent ones- which I had started thinking about experimenting with after the last Kim Dorland show I saw a couple months ago at Gallerie Division in Montreal. Anyway, it feels exciting to have opened up my pallet in this way and feels like I’ve granted myself a little more freedom. Be sure to check out Sophie’s paintings, she’s a wonderful painter. Below are a couple images of her work, she also did some awesome collage while she was here that aren’t on her website yet.