Today I finished documenting the latest painting in my Absolute series. Layers of translucent crimson were painted on birdseye maple. This made a simple yet dynamic backdrop from which to build the rest of the piece.
It portrays a plump cherry dangling above a vertical white stripe. A series of overlapping translucent shapes help frame, focus, and add to an already rich collection of symbols.
As I kick off the new year with updated images, I’ve been given special access to re-shoot a sold piece. This is a piece of furniture I made a few years ago and has gone into the home of a dear collector of my work. Among the first things you’ll notice is the bloodwood butterfly joints recessed into the birdseye maple top. Some call this joint a bowtie, double dovetail, or key joints. These two butterfly joints span a laminated seam and are additionally aided by internal biscuit joints along that seam. All inlays were hand chiseled. The bloodwood keys are naturally that alizarin in color which is primarily where the name blood-wood comes. Coated with a thick layer of polyester resin, this whole top sits above a fully restored 1901 Singer sewing machine treadle with a rare maple wood spindle arm that helps drive the fly-wheel from the foot-pedal.
What’s your sacred place? Where do you go to contemplate?
If you’re at all familiar with my blog, you’ve no doubt gotten to know me a little. I’m the type of person who likes to venture out on little day-trips to get into the right mental spot. Building a little bit of happiness ‘to go’ into my workday is crucial for my creative process. Especially during the warmer seasons.The pursuit of the right materials and thinking spaces for the latest two “Absolute” paintings has taken me on a journey that has spanned through woods, over miles of railroad tracks, into an apparently abandoned man-made prairie, and even atop of a 2,000 year old Adena Native American burial mound. Read onward to see the whole process.
Sketching usually comes first for me. Hours are spent drawing out different ideas and different scenarios regarding how the next pieces should look. Then I select the appropriate piece of wood from my library to use as the canvas if you will. I enjoy this process and am generally pretty good at getting out my ideas this way. Occasionally, a piece of wood will come across my table saw and I’ll know that it’s the starting point instead. This time, the wood panel came first.
After a few days of ideation and not coming up with anything, I realized that I was drawing out plenty of stellar future paintings… but I couldn’t quite figure out this piece. And you know what, that’s not a bad thing. Read on to learn why.