Friday, October 25, 2013

Preview at Playa

Here's a quick look at the work set up in my studio at Playa for the "Playa Presents" tomorrow evening (see previous post). I've got three or four more small pieces on paper that should be done by then but this is pretty much the show. The centerpiece is my forest fire painting that will be 4 feet high and 9.5 feet long when it's eventually stretched onto a frame. Opposite are two series, one of close-ups of fires, the other of various objects lit at night (presumably by fires). There's also a painting that I jokingly think of as the "Truffula Seed". And just to mix things up I made a little rock color wheel on the studio floor from gravel gathered from the driveway.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Playa Presents

 Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The brilliance of autumn has arrived at Playa, and so has the energy and excitement of creative individuals! Please join us for an afternoon featuring the work of Playa's current roster of Fellowship Residents.

The event will begin with studio tours of the work of painter, David Carmack Lewis, of Portland, Oregon, and printmaker, Diane Sandall, of Eugene, Oregon. It will then conclude in the Commons building with literary readings by Kristin Berger, of Portland, Oregon; Jamie Houghton, of Bend, Oregon; and E. Amato, of Santa Monica, California. Refreshments will also be served.
Playa is located between mileposts 81 and 82 on Highway 31, about 20 miles north of Paisley and 10 miles south of the Summer Lake store and post office.

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or call Playa at 541-943-3983

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Getting Started on the Big One

Almost halfway through this residency, I figured it was time to get started on the forest fire centerpiece. After stretching the painting will be 48" high by 114" wide.

Hope I can get it done. This is probably the largest painting I've ever done. Which is sort of fun while I am, at the same time, doing all of these smaller studies. Here's one of an old airstream trailer parked on some nearby property imagined at night in front of the requisite fire:

oil on paper 11" x 14"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Four Fire Studies

 These are pretty fun to do. My hope is to eventually do a series of twenty or so and pair them with images of objects and animals being lit from a low warm light source as if by fire. I've got a few other pieces and done and more of course in the works. I seem to be putting together some kind of thematic show, a sort of large visual essay on fire. I've got a piece on a forest fire in the works too. There's something about the fact that fire is both a natural and destructive force that makes it akin to human beings themselves. The way we were able to harness it for our own comfort and convenience plays no small role in what makes us so destructive and powerful force in the world.

The color on these may not totally accurate. When I get home I'll document everything more accurately.
Each one is oil on paper, approx. 11" x 17"

Thursday, October 3, 2013

2 days in

I arrived at Playa on Monday evening. Got up Tuesday and started working. I'm starting with a series of small fire paintings and to accompany them a series depicting objects or animals lit from below possibly by fire but not necessarily. I've also stretched a large canvas that will be about 4 feet by 9 when finished. Hopefully this will be a kind of anchor piece for the rest of the work; another night scene no doubt but nothing definitive yet. That comes out in the act of painting. Every time I think I know exactly what I want to paint it ends being something else. Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting loads of work done over the next 4 and half weeks. I'll post occasional pieces plus a few photos from this stunning part of the world. Then I'll post all the final work when I get back.

Oh, and here's the view from my cabin: