Detail of a new nest/aerie painting, or build, construction. These paintings are really built onto and out from the surface. Acrylic, paper, metal, sticks, and shadows on canvas. Interesting to work with these textures and shapes.
aerie | eyrie | aiery: the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high
The four photos here show the same piece photographed at 2-hour intervals during the day as the progression of shadow follows the sun from east to west. This is built out from the canvas with the intentional possibility of varying shadows, which completely change the character and nature of the painting based on the light source and its direction and intensity. These photos were shot outside in the course of an afternoon, but to switch the light from left to right in the studio completely changes the structure to an even greater extent. The shadow is part of the painting, so the painting never stays the same.
Aerie I/May 2016
Acrylic, Metal, Paper, Sticks, String, Shadow on Canvas, 48" x 48"
A couple of views of a piece I've been working on for a couple of days. Actually woke up yesterday dreaming of these huge bird nests of sticks and metal and paper and wire, in silence high up in the trees. Avian province. Aeries above the world.
I've been working these two canvases for a couple or three months now and I think they're finally coming together in the way that I saw them. Layers of scrapes and scratch-outs, stops and starts, paper and paint, cardboard, metal and old screen and, for the first time, actual weeds and grasses. So the texture feels real and true. This is a very tight detail of the corner of one canvas. The working title is W. Brompton, S.W. 5.
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