Here are three new paintings, I just finished. I'm working on a few others and will post pictures soon.
A friend has recently been asking a lot about the drips in my work.
I usually answer by saying "the drips allow me to have a more open mind. Working with turpentine washes allows me to view the image as imperminent and gives me the freedom to make changes. Also, puting a wash over the whole piece provides a consistancy and unity throughout the image."
I might also say, "What is the difference between a brush stroke and a drip? I'm simply letting the paint do what it does naturally." I see this as a very Bauhausian idea; exploring what the medium is capable of.
I am extremely aware of the fact that people will read into the drips and think they are representative of some bigger idea and I am very wary of this. But there is no denying that the drips provide a mood. This mood, I have realized, is one of Destructive Beauty. I am fascinated with factories, oil rigs, and cities. I see them as powerful destructive forces and I see their destructive power as sad yet beautiful.
The piece below, does a good job at expressing this feeling.