Painting Painting Painting….

Four At Once.

Four At Once.

I spend a lot of time just thinking about the process of work. How does an artist go about working? Over the past few years I’ve developed my own way of doing things, and they are all designed to help with the production of a large series of paintings. I’ve been working on what I call my Long Series, and it’s my intention to create 10,000, 12×12 inch painting/collage/drawings.

At any given time I usually have several hundred paintings on the go, and I usually finish from one to two a day. I also have side projects where I collaborate with other artists in the creation of the Long Series paintings, and I think of these collaborations as a series within the series.

I’ve been working on the series since January 2009, and to date I’ve completed 1085 paintings in the series. At this rate it will take me 20 years to complete the project, and I’m a famously stubborn person so I have every intention that I will complete the series…or die trying.

Long Series. B.

Long Series. C.

I’ve developed many methods to keep things moving along, and in some ways I’m always working even when I’m not. I use drop sheets that eventually become paintings, and I keep sketch books that get broken down and become part of the series. I have bits of paper around the house that are for notes and lists, and they find their way into the finished collages. I’m always trying to capture marks.

I often tape several paintings together and begin working on them, and when they are near completion I take them apart to finish them.

Two At Once.

Two At Once

If you follow the links beneath the paintings you can see what the finish work looks like. One painting is still unfinished.

Daily Studio Photograph. April 24, 2012.

April 24, 2012.

April 24, 2012.

This small pile of scrap oak boards is probably one of the most useful tools I have in my studio. I always have it on hand when I’m gluing paper together, or working with collage, and whenever I need to flatten something down I pile these boards on top.