New beginnings

Since last October I’ve been playing around with the notion of working smaller. Like less than 16″ smaller. And I hate to admit this but there are plenty of my large work out there in galleries to keep them busy for the next several months with a sufficient supply squirreled away in my studio for back up. (So if you’re in the market for a large Swider piece call me! Kidding.) (Not kidding:-) 

Anyway back to my thought. Working smaller. I find it difficult to make my style fit onto a small canvas. Most of this is because of the way I lay down paint. I paint the entire piece at the same time and there is a certain rhythm to those brush strokes. It’s just not that easy to get that mindless arm motion confined onto a 12″ square. Below is a piece of water color rag in progress on which you can see what I mean by this. 

Making my own collage paper

I’ve gone round and round in my head and with my artist bud @jayjacobsart for ideas. His thought is to clip a bunch of small canvases together and work them as a whole, then break apart and tweak them into a finished product. I like this idea and I’m definitely going to pursue it. Later. Because this happened:

I created a small series of paintings for the Seeds Show at Westobou Gallery. Which got me thinking how can I combine this idea with how I usually paint. And then Eureka!! It hit me. Paint large on paper or canvas and use that as collage materials for smaller works. It’s giving me fits sorting out the aesthetic and mechanics. But I’m like a dog with a bone with this kind of problem solving so I won’t be deterred. Below are a few of my fits and starts. I’ll keep you posted with my progress. 

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My first attempt. Ugh

Getting warmer.

Getting closer to my vision

Cooking with gas now!