Sunday, June 21, 2009

line

Line. Until recently, line did not figure prominently in my work.
I was all about the form. In the field.


hard rain (prototype) 2004
12 x 12 encaustic on panel
collection of Ruth Morpeth



Sometimes a horizon line was called for.
But I don't really think there is a line
so much as there is a juxtapostion of forms.
In the field.


untitled landscape 2006
24 x 24 encaustic on panel
collection of the artist



More form in the field. Maybe a few drips.

Lacuna (red cassandra 1 & 2) 2008
24 x 24 encaustic on panel (each)




Then came the drips. Big time.
Lines as drips.
Drips as lines. Lines caused by drips.


ophelia red 2009
36 x 36 encaustic on panel
private collection



And then, the horizon line became insinuated into the work.
A little obsessively, I think. But not aggressively. It's lurking in the background.

false walls (umber) 2009
24 x 24 encaustic on panel



Line takes front and center
and
pushes form and field to the background
.

from the sea 1 2009
6" x 6" digital photo

13 comments:

lisa said...

It is so interesting to see the progression of images

Zappha said...

Your experimentation with line is fascinating to follow. Your encaustic work is exceptionally good.

Nancy Natale said...

Really interesting to see and compare False Walls (Umber) and From the Sea together on the blog page the same size even though they're so different in reality. Does this mean you are heading toward painting lines?

pam farrell said...

Thanks all, for your comments. At the moment, I am immersed in a series that prioritizes line. I'd say it's an exploration.
Next stop, work on paper that incorporates line.

Diane McGregor said...

Pam, this is so interesting - I am on the opposite path, trying to work without lines, hard edges, and distinct shapes; I'm trying to create ambiguous figure/ground relationships. I'm inspired to do a post showing this development in my own work now - loved seeing the progression of your work! Thank you!

pam farrell said...

Hello. Thanks Diane, for your comment.

I'd say this was an important exercise for me. In my next post, I will add a couple of recent works that incorporate line. Though the line is much more subtle than I had originally envisioned...

Debra Ramsay said...

As I was scrolling down looking at each image I was asking myself if the photo work could be increasing your line awareness...then your last image was a photo.... ?

Debra Ramsay said...

As I was scrolling down looking at each image I was asking myself if the photo work could be increasing your line awareness...then your last image was a photo.... ?

pam farrell said...

Well, in response to your comments, and in response to my own post here about line, I'd have to say it's been an interesting few days in the studio. Friday I started out using line and photo images, and today, ended up with a wide open color field painting with no discernable form. Not sure what is going on...I just followed the energy. Maybe I needed to cleanse my palate, so to speak.

I appreciate all your comments, and wonder if any of y'all have done a similar exercise, sort of a mini-survey of your own work?

firehead4 said...

Lacuna (red cassandra 1 & 2) 2008
really speaks to me! Beautiful work!

firehead4
www.artforcoffeessake.blogspot.com

Ian MacLeod said...

Hi Pam; your painting "ophelia red 2009" is a fabulous piece.
ian

pam farrell said...

Thanks, Ian!

Ophelia Red is living in her new home in Aspen CO, happily, I hope.

DJ said...

Interesting where your work is taking you...Would love to see more.