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Spring Fed


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Spring Fed, 2015 – 12″ x 12″, Oil on Panel

If you’re a writer, or a musician —well, most any artist, really— it’s no secret that composing small pieces can take far longer than large pieces. Poetry comes to mind immediately. Sometimes I say too much and find I need to go back to the source —scrape away at the extraneous layers— in order to get back to the essence of what I wanted to express.

Heavily layered paintings can be beautiful, but usually I prefer to leave parts that suggest in a whisper.

A small piece can happen quickly or, more often, quite slowly. This painting’s layers were applied over the course of many days, while working on other pieces simultaneously. Later, I scraped things back and added a few gestures.

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