When I am working in the studio I like to skip around between the many projects that are underway, and I always enjoy starting new ones. In between paintings last week I started working on some possible ways of resolving two bodies of work with which I have been unsatisfied. One is a collection of worm-eaten shells similar to those featured in a previous post. The other is a set of landscape paintings executed in ink on rice paper. The shells were objects without a home, and the paintings were homes without an object. These works in progress (I’ve posted two of them, above) are direct descendants of the photographs that I took in South Carolina this summer, with the significant change being the stage-like shift to a painted backdrop. I’ve been reworking the photographs digitally, and we will just have to wait to see where they go.
Yesterday we returned to our home after our annual trip to the east coast. We relaxed for a week at the beach in NC before heading to the woods in SC. We look forward to these trips as an opportunity to catch up with our family, but they are also one of the most inspirational and productive times of the year for us. Christine has been pursuing documentary photography projects at both locations for the last six years, and the project in SC is one where we collaborate. More on that later.
I have included four images of some of my inspirations from the trip. This year I was really taken by the worm-eaten remnants of shells, which have many of the characteristics of Chinese scholar’s rocks in miniature. I settled for photographs in most cases, as I am trying to be increasingly selective about what I drag back to my studio. I was also able to dig up some nice additions to my rock collection from the fill dirt around my parent’s property. I am considering the purchase of a few tons next year just so that I can sort through it for treasures. There are always potholes on the lane that need filling, after all.