I love minimal paintings. They are much harder to execute than they look. Simple is not always easy. Simplicity demands perfection. One line out of place and it's ruined. I often see a simple shape and a color in my head, and I'm not happy until I can get it on canvas. But this day I was working with paper. With paper, it's a little different. There is a communication with a canvas, where I become merely its conduit. Paper also tells me what it wants to be, but in a different and more subtle way. It must be caressed more gently, and is less forgiving of the mistakes.
Balance, 2011, 16" x 20", marker on paper. Not perfect. But I am digging it. I could design a minimal room around this baby. This baby needed a partner. And here she is.
Balance II, 2011, 16" x 20", acrylic on paper. I wanted to do an organic stripe. I taped off the areas for the stripes, but honestly, I was not as caught up in perfection as usual. I wasn't terribly concerned that the stripes be perfectly straight. A real departure. I messed up the side of the work when I tore the tape off. Or did I? At first I was disappointed. But after sitting with the work for a while, I kinda like that bit of rawness. I just took it as a meant to be. Like I said, I'm just the conduit.
I was highly influenced by the tye dye rug from CB2. I am madly, deeply in love with this rug. But, it's not to be my darling. Cest la vie. I wanted to communicate something this organic in my art.
I'm not sure whether I accomplished that, but I am digging these. That doesn't happen too often. Here are the two works in my hallway. I might put them in my Etsy shop.