I made these works on paper for a potential commission. The client was interested in imagery that was along the same lines as the paintings in my Landmarks exhibition at Hatch Gallery, but they wanted works on paper.
It was an interesting process working within the restrictions of paper. My paper works are usually structured quite differently and tend to be very distinct from the canvas works. This is partly due to the fragility of paper and how I work the surface of the canvas works by scraping, rubbing, and rolling layered images. It is also partly because I tend to approach works on paper with a slightly different tone. Doing these current works made me think more about this difference in approach. It may have been a response to the more intimate size of the paper, or the more graphic possibilities with paper - or - it may be an unconscious bias that I am still trying to figure out.
It was fun painting these - I had the elements ready at hand and was able to paint in a kind of flurry, like a dance, and explore some new combinations of moves.
These new works on paper are all on heavy rag paper - Arches and Somerset - and are all 24 x 30 inches. The photos are quick studio shots with my cell phone.