Redshift, oil on linen on panel, 14 x 11 in., 2012.
Aiming for dynamic speed, I added a flat blade back into the tool kit for this summer’s paintings. Its hard edge (in this case, a 79-cent hardware store putty knife– never overpay for art supplies) keeps me from fussing too much with the materials: smear the color notes around too much and you end up with squishy mud, not sharp distinction. Those shapes need to stay sharp in order to rise above the soft bleeds of the first layer. The result: the kind of complex surface I love to look at (& keep wanting to touch, even when it’s finished).