Black

Black, paper, 10.75 x 14 cm (4.25 x 5.5 in), 2020

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“I am making a small piece of art for you and will mail it when I have it ready. : )

I was thinking about the colour black after we met in the park and quite frankly sat far too closely together. We were definitely not maintaining a 2m distance. I had no trouble thinking of other positive associations for black. In the black. Black Friday. Black tea. Black belt. Black Power. Little black book (lovers keep little black books, or is that rapists, not sure, now that I think about it). And thinking of how black is also enveloping and so black could be seen as comforting. Then there was “Black Out Tuesday” and there was some criticism about it visually creating a huge void because people were stupidly using the black lives matter hashtag, when the goal was to center and bring forward black voices. Then I thought about black also being an amalgamation of colour. Black is the absence of colour in the light spectrum, but when dealing with pigments black is all of them. So not a void, but a gathering of sorts.”
From an email dated June 5, 2020, edited.

Screen capture, Unceded K’ómoks Territory, google.com, June 7, 2020

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Throwback Thursday

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I took an oil painting class in 2004 with Gerald Steadman Smith at the Ottawa School of Art. Gerald had the class bring in a photo for the first class and we used that to paint from.

During the class a student asked Gerald how to put the paint on the canvas. She had never done it before. I was now wondering what golden nugget of wisdom Gerald would provide that would alleviate my own rising anxiety.

He said, “You take your brush, dip it in the paint, and then put it on the canvas. I’m not going to do it for you, or even show you. Do you think anyone in any of my studies ever showed me? No. You just do it.”

Be still my beating heart.

January Drawing Challenge

For the month of January, I participated in the Comox Valley Arts, a community arts council, 30-Day Drawing Challenge. I used a free app: You Doodle, and my finger on an iPad. This is a selection from the 30 days.

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Prompt: a resolution or a dream.
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Prompt: a comic strip.
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Prompt: light & shadow – practice your shading.
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Prompt: something scary.
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Prompt: a whale.
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Prompt: a place you’d love to see – try using perspective.
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Prompt: something retro/vintage.
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Prompt: something from the utensil drawer.
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Prompt: a day in the snow.
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Prompt: your comfort food.
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Prompt: something tropical – a flamingo perhaps.
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Prompt: a monster.
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Prompt: a haiku (make or borrow one) – text art exercise.
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Prompt: things you find in a river.
Prompt: a chair – try using foreshortening.
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Prompt: something drawn while blindfolded or using blind contour.
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Prompt: a treasure map, and something in flight (combination of two prompts).

The Sides of a Canvas

I don’t paint the sides of canvases.

Because:

It indicates that the painting is finished. I don’t consider my work finished. There is always something that can be improved or changed.

It can prettify the work. I’m not interested in pretty (unless it’s a device to lead you to something else). Beauty and pretty are not the same thing.

It’s a painting. I’m not interested in trying to make the painting into something it is not. It feels like it is trying too hard. That’s not to say that paintings are not other things. It will become what it will become.