Untitled 3

Untitled 3

This is almost the last of these jumbo watercolors, this one at 5′ x 8′. This was also presented at the McColl Center for Visual Art open house on the 21st. With these larger ones, I took the approach of applying the paint straight from the tube onto the paper support. At one point, the paper had trails of pure pigment paint running in circles and dashes across the paper surface. You can still see some of these unadulterated trails in the left circle, close to the center of the image. Once the paint was applied to the paper , I then added water to the surface using the largest brushes I could find, and paint rollers where no brush was quite sufficient. Those repetitive textures like in the lower left arc are from the paint roller repeating itself while rolling across the surface.

These watercolors came from the notion of the watercolor machines; that the medium perhaps knows what’s best and relinquishing most of that control to the medium can produce results beyond any measured attempts on my part. Of course, I did have more control here than with the machines since I dictated some compositional control in the actual paint application prior to the water application. Ironically (or maybe not) I find this to be the greatest failure of these works. The compositions don’t really go anywhere or do anything. They’re not particularly interesting or inventive. These are the first large scale non-objective works I have put together, ever. So maybe I shouldn’t stress too much on what I see as their shortcomings. Still, these were the favorites of many people, and really my opinion means nothing once I walk away from a “finished” piece. I do think there is potential here though. I would be more satisfied with a better framework to hang the concept from, if you know what I mean.