Three of the gouache nocturnes from the It Was Dark.. show went up as part of the 20th Anniversary group show at Froelick Gallery. And three of the Oregon Sketchbook monotypes showed on November 7th and 8th at the 2015 Sitka Art Invitational.
An ongoing series of monotypes based on sketchbook drawings from recent travels in Oregon. Some drawings lend themselves to multiple interpretations. More coming soon.
When I started preparing for this show, I found myself wanting more than anything to find a way to bring the in-depth investigation and focus of the dye paintings to larger works that used the same variety of paper and media that I have used in my sketchbooks for years. Gouache, watercolor, ink, graphite, charcoal, and pastel, multiple colors and surfaces of paper, all create their own effects and describe different moods and aspects of the winter landscape in Portland and beyond.
Working with these materials to create finished images that still keep the immediacy of my sketchbook studies has sometimes been a challenge, but I always did want to see where the unmarked paths led.
“We travel with the hope that something unexpected will happen.” -Andrew Bird
When I go out to make sketches and photographs for a painting, sometimes I wind up painting the structure that was my intended destination, and sometimes I find accidental landscapes, where light and weather have temporarily transformed a random spot by the side of the road. I usually find those places because I am waiting for something, because the trip has gone awry in some way. What I was waiting for becomes less interesting than what I am looking at.
The hope for something unexpected applies to the technical process of creating the art in the show as well. When I interpret the same subject using different media (intaglio, monotype, dye paintings, as well as the preliminary images) I find that each method expresses a different mood or approach, and has different surprises.
The show is named for four of the highways that parallel the Columbia River.
Special thanks to Gabriel Liston and Jane Pagliarulo at Atelier Meridian for their technical assistance and encouragement.