Branch Project.



I thought it would be a nice idea to take a walk after dinner and place my branches in a tree. I forgot that it was cold and windy, and so it was a chilly short walk. I placed them in a small birch tree along the trail, and I like the combination of the white birch tree and the coloured branches. I think I’ll do this again. Especially since all sorts of interesting branches are revealing themselves as the snow melts.

Daily Studio Photograph. March 13, 2012.


March 13, 2012.

March 13, 2012.

I’m enjoying the shadows that are happening in my studio. I have a sky light, and when I place myself in front of it I’m able to cast all kinds of interesting compositions.

My Secrets To Productivity.


Drop sheet with collage and spills.

Drop sheet with collage and spills.

Over the years I’ve developed a few working habits that some might think unconventional, but are designed to help with the creation of my Long Series of paintings. I’ve completed 1044 so far and I have declared my intention to continue on to the unreasonable number of 10,000. It should take about 20 years, give or take a decade.

Constructing elements of compositions.

Constructing elements of compositions.

One of the things I do is place large sheets of paper on my work desk. When I’m working I place my 12×12 sheets on top of these larger sheets, and I allow the paint to drop where it may. These drop sheets will eventually become the starting points for my Long Series paintings.

After awhile when the drop sheets are nicely marked up with paint, notes, stains, and sketches I begin to add elements of collage. I try not to worry to much about composition or imagery at this time.

 I keep many bits of paper and images.

I keep many bits of paper and images.

I keep boxes of paper and images that will go into my work. I like to use many types of paper, but I try and keep most of it acid free if I can. The paper that I collage onto the sheets often comes from books, and some magazines.

Works in various stages of progress.

Works in various stages of progress.

When the drop sheets are ready I then turn them upside down, and shuffle them. I try to allow chance to have a role in my compositions, and I’m looking for surprises to occur. I mark the sheets and cut them into 12×12-inch sheets. Any smaller bits I will glue together to make 12×12-inch sheets, and the smallest pieces of paper I set into my storage boxes until I find a use for them. I place the 12×12-inch sheets in a work pile, and sometimes a sheet will be in the pile a long time before it’s completed, and I might work on it many times until I am satisfied. At any given time I may have up to 400 paintings in the work pile, and I’m always adding to it. And that is the secret to my productivity.