Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Visual Decisions

Carla Jean,  6X9",  Mixed media with pen and ink

Hatching Indigo,  6X8",  Mixed media


I've been working on these 11 little panels, some of which I've shown in past postings.  They just keep changing as I meander through tests and experiments.  Some of them got very deep with all the layers, some of them failed as presentable pieces and await further layers.  These two completed themselves early on-- I can't touch them for the time being, at least until some flash of inspiration strikes to alter them.  The Carla Jean without the slab seemed too wanting, and the Hatching Indigo had no structure--a textural extravaganza with no point.  It's  amazing how a little thing like some hatch marks and a purple haze can order a whole painting around.


Well.  The old computer bit the dust.  Here it is in it's last gasp.  She was a fine old dinosaur, all 20 gigs.  She was replaced by that slim black thing to the left of the flat screen-- Dell 580S--a terabyte--50 times bigger.   It hasn't been a terrible nightmare, I had everything backed up well enough--just time consuming.  I think I'm back, sorry for not being very attentive in the last couple of weeks.  


  



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15 comments:

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I have missed you and your thoughtful posts and comments. Welcome back! Love the texture and interest you get with time, imagination, and inspiration.

Caroline said...

Magical works Bill, they have such depth.

SamArtDog said...

A computer with shoes. Happy hoofin'!

Jane said...

Carla Jean is magical , love all these different layers... welcome back Bill, it has been quite a while!

AutumnLeaves said...

Love Carla Jean...a beautiful piece, William. And I have to laugh at the shoes under the old computer!

Susan Roux said...

These are very interesting. Carla Jean seems like a spirit returning only in slight visibility.

Holy cow, your desk is so neat! Care to come clean mine up?

Jan Yates, SCA, Canada said...

Bill these are VERy cool! When i saw the wee thumbnail of the first image on someone's blogroll, it looked like a very atmospheric sky -and low and behold upon enlarging an image emerged-very much putting me in mind of a Rembrandt drawing--and the textured visceral rectangle underneath really sends it into a contemporary ride--and the second image is just as intriguing and you were right re the hatching and pigment overlay--the veil of indigo between is brilliant

am curious-is the computer nook part of your studio? it looks so very organized-would love to see the rest of it-show me yours and I'll show you mine

William Cook said...

Thanks Kvan--I feel like I lost a couple weeks of life, the blog has become such a central part of things. This summer will also be on and off--so much going on. Please bear with me as I try to keep up. These 20 panels have been rejuvenating for my little art self. There are so many ideas and materials to explore still. Thanks for your wonderful interest. I'm really liking that big piece3 you're working on. The textures are really grabbing the attention. Great job.

Hi Caroline--Thanks so much! I love that they're striking you as 'magical'. As for depth, lets just say your skys have been very infleuential--I am a big fan.

Hi Sam--Oh yes, the shoes. YOu know they're still there? I seldom wear shoes in here--I just realized. Must be a burning bush in here somewhere. Ok I'm cleaning up--shoes and all.

Hi Jane--Thanks--I do have some catching up to do. Your show with Tito was a great surprise. Your vessels, vases and florals are so strong.

Hi Autumn--These shoe comments are hilarious. It's like they're taking over the world. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Susan--What a neat comment. I glued a photocopy of her down to this panel about twenty years ago. I was trying a painting approach. The panel never got worked on. The original drawing was done from life thirty years ago of a friend's daughter. The spirit of that little girl watching me draw her portrait haunts me still. This painting took on that aura early and I fought to preserve it. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Jan--Wow! I thought the same thing when I saw the thumbnail. I thought, hmm somebody is working like Lorianne, Caroline, Rebecca or Jala. Imagine my surprise when I opened it up! That low horizontal composition sure shows up a lot doesn't it? Thanks for your comments re the pieces, and you're on. I'll grab some more shots of this studio, and do a post. This room was designed as a multi-versatile center of my world. It's an interesting story.

L.W.Roth, said...

I've missed you Bill. Sorry you were boggled down in computer hell. Glad to see you're up and running again for the next fifteen years. These things do last--and that' where I keep my shoes too! Love Carla Jean. Lovely portrait. Dream-like. A lovely apparition.

William Cook said...

Hi Linda--Computers. Humph. Today is studio cleanup day. I actually have a place for the shoes down here. Away they go, I promise. They're drawing so much attention you'd think they were art. Hmmmmm. Anyway, I really like 'apparition'--perfect. Maybe I'll do some more of these. I have other pen and ink portraits that may need to work their way into 'art', what ever that means. Best regards!

hw (hallie) farber said...

Two wonderful pieces--and organized studio space. I'm impressed.

William Cook said...

Thanks Hallie. Thank you so much--always a pleasure--thanks for staying in touch! Wm

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

really a mistery and very nice work, my compliment

William Cook said...

Hi Laura--So nice to hear from you! Thanks for your comment--happy you like them. Wm

Celeste Bergin said...

it's fun to see where you work...I very much like it~!! looks like a wonderful place to think and paint. You took off your shoes! Congratulations on the new machine. I LOVE the paintings