I've grown a strong level of comfort working with the 30" x 22" paper size. There's something satisfying and convenient to working in paper vs canvas. Canvas requires more preparation for usually bigger ideas and paper is rather immediate and perhaps less fragile. While I enjoy working on both surfaces, I appreciate the convenience of paper. Sometimes I wonder if I can push a concept further in sizes that I work in often. It's similar to driving a car. You become familiar with the blind spots and become more comfortable parking in tight areas when you've been driving the car for years.
That's why these pieces have become giant sketchbook pages. I travel and work on them in the studio and out on the road. Completed paintings range in time from a matter of hours, months or even years. Due to the nature of my work, some paintings are fast. I learn a lot from every piece- especially the failed paintings that I spent countless hours on. While this can often be frustrating, it usually results in a painting that follows which could require a lot less time. I'm taking what I learned from each experience and applying it to new works. In some ways, ideas are being recycled to form new thoughts and marks.
Conceptually, I'm still very drawn to nature in my current work. I'm particularly thinking about water and movement. There's a level of vulnerability and upkeep involved my work, similar to many aspects found in nature. How can I make a painting seem effortless and considered? I am obsessed with this contradiction.
I have shared just a few new paintings here, on my blog however you can view all of my recent works on paper in the painting section of this site.
Special thanks to Athen B Gallery for documenting my new works on paper and for my intern, Hannah for editing all of the images! I am currently gearing up for a group show at Athen B Gallery in Oakland in April. You can RSVP to the show and mark your calendar, here.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries about my work and I will gladly respond or forward your email to a gallery for additional information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio images and writing by Heather Day. Please get permission for the use of content on this site. More paintings can be seen, here.