Sunday, September 7, 2008
photo by Sharon Lee
As I was painting today I was thinking about the contrast of my work as seen by a gallery viewer and my work as seen by me in my studio. When I paint I rarely consider the audience as for me painting is an expression of whatever is on my mind at the time. For instance I have a dream; the dream shows up in a painting soon after, I have issues with a friend or family member; that issue is somehow created visually for me to think through and work out.
When my art is in a gallery it is in a clean uncluttered space with good light. My studio is rather small (9' x 10'). All the light comes from five windows (facing West and North) and the shop light I've installed. Although I store my paintings in my studio they are stacked vertically and are covered with a dust cloth so I really only see one painting at a time.
For only brief moments do I ever view my art in its entirely. Generally this is with the initial drawing. The final few days and for a day or two when it's completed. The painting then is sent of to be recorded and framed then stored until needed.