Palette Becomes a Painting IX, 2018
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Oil, Graphite, Oil Stick on Canvas
24 x 20 x 1.50 in
For his palettes he uses premium grade gallery wrapped canvases. He uses them to mix colors, try colors etc. He uses canvas as a palette so he’s never wasting paint; he is able to freely put down paint that becomes the basis for a future composition/painting. As the painting develops, he keeps in mind the modern art idea that the medium itself (paint, charcoal, graphite,etc.) has an equal voice as the drawing/composition in telling the story on canvas. The lines, the drips, the thick and thin paint, the runs are all part of the conversation. He agrees with Barnett Newman that it’s the content that attracts and keeps the viewer engaged. His goal is to turn palettes into finished paintings with captivating content.