A Study in Green

Spoiler alert

I’m going to go a little out of order here because I have a lot to say and a lot that I’m working on. So I’m just going to post about each thing as it pops into my mind. That’s just how I roll right now.

For my solo exhibit, Working Through at Monkitree, I’ve been making new paintings and also reinventing some old paintings by completely painting over them. It’s quite liberating and I highly recommend it! It all ties in with my artist statement and I’ll get to that in the next post.

I dug through my cabinets of old paintings (yes, cabinets) and found four that I just wasn’t feeling the love for anymore. Here they are in all of their non-glory:

Now, let’s focus on the one on the bottom left. That was called “Green Apples” and I painted it a few years ago for a group show at Monkitree. It seemed fitting to start with that one since I feel I owe it to the gallery to make a nice painting out of that one.

Green Crapples– I mean, Apples

At the time I painted it, I sort of liked it and thought it might grow on me. It didn’t.

The original painting was casein & wax pastels on paper mounted on board. So I immediately thought of using some cadmium green sketching oil paint and my oil sticks on top of it. The color choice was a reminder to me of what was underneath. Moving forward is important but remembering how you got there is key.

first new layer

After covering it completely, I started drawing into it with my oil bars.

starting some marks
Then I kept drawing and painting, drawing and painting, and I guess I got caught up in the moment (that is the best part, isn’t it?) because I didn’t take any more photos of the steps in between. Well, like I said, how you get there is key…but enjoying the ride is the goal.


When I look at this I think about piles. Piles of crap: worry, exhaustion, feeling like a pile. In thinking of a new title, one that is nicer than Piles of Crap (but that would be fun, too) and references the old title, I think I’m settling on Compost Pile. It’s gritty enough. It’s also about how you can take a pile of crap and turn it into something useful.

Come see my first solo exhibit Working Through at Monkitree, 263 Water St, Gardiner, Maine
Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 2014  5:30-9pm
Exhibit runs April 4 – June 7, 2014
Facebook Event page here

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