Unzip the Sky Again


“Unzip the Sky II”, acrylic and “skins” on canvas, 14 X 18″

Flames and arrows of outrageous fortune. Wild pointed frenzies.   

Do you aim for one point or many?  Are you ready to step out, step in, converge and digress? 

Keep moving and don’t worry too much where you’ll end up. Just make it interesting, dynamic.   

Change comes as a result of movement – the unselfconscious type which ricochets out and connects with others, reacts, takes it in, cooks it, and sends it back out as a new dish.  California cuisine with its mixed up ethnicities. A painting in many languages spoken with one voice.

We tried something different in Monday Muses. . .painting larger.  The idea was to take a piece we’d done on the 10 X 11″ watercolor paper size and take the idea bigger, but in the same amount of time (which generally boils down to 1 1/2-2 hours by the time the demo is over).  I wanted to work with the idea in this piece I did a couple weeks before:


acrylic and “skins” on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

As I was working the question arose – how much do I try to copy what I did before as opposed to using it as a take off point?  The lucky accidents can never be duplicated. One can only hope for new ones while reproducing the color scheme or materials or an idea. . . like unzipping the sky.  I found it so freeing to allow myself to loosely “copy” in the beginning, then forget about that and just react to what was happening on the surface.


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