Here are snapshots from last Saturday at the gallery. It was a lovely gathering – and in just a few minutes I’m off to meet another crew coming up to see my work!

 

THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO CAME!

 

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I’ve just realized this painting (which is the same one seen in the second photo of my previous post) looks a whole lot better – and more fjord-like if it’s turned upside down!

 

If I admit I don’t know what I’m doing and just keep it this way, can I say it’s finished?

 

 

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I like the picture above quite a lot – but am not at all sure what to make of the second one. Or how to reach a finish. It’s so rambunctious, full of energy and chaotic texture that it looks like it could explode! Or maybe it already has?

 

I like a lot of what’s happening in there. This is the sort of picture that really pushes me, so regardless of whether it makes it or not, I’ll have learned something.

 

I can’t wait to get good image captures of my latest pictures. Until then, please forgive my studio snapshots. If you CLICK TO ENLARGE THESE, you’ll get a little better idea of how much is going on in there!

 

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I relearned an old, old picture making lesson yesterday: nothing can be precious.

 

If I fall in love with any portion of a picture, and it’s not helping that picture as a whole, I’ll have a harder time nixing it. And it’s very likely that I’ll ruin the rest of a picture by trying to make it fit with its mismatched part! That’s backwards.

 

Luckily, this picture wouldn’t die, even as out of balance as it was and as much as I messed with it. To begin with, it looked like this yesterday morning:

 

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Yikes, that surface was so visually active that it was almost wiggly, but the wild staccato of textures and tone everywhere completely short-circuited the whole image. I’m exhausted just looking at it.

 

Yet there was wonderful work in there. And you may notice pieces of scrap, inky paper propped up along the bottom and taped on in the middle right. When in trouble, I start gluing. Some call it cheating, and others call it collaging. I just build pictures. But I also call in my Sweetie and several dear friends when I’m confused. “What should I do,” I ask, oh poor, poor me.

 

One member of my advisory board said I should just cut out the good parts and make a couple little pictures. These was her suggestions:

 

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Yep, she was sure right, and do you see what I mean? Such lovely work in there, but I didn’t want to butcher my picture. I wanted to fix it. How?

 

And now, for a quick aside: you must understand that I paint in the middle of a big mess. Well, let me just show you instead of trying to describe it:

 

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This is normal for me. In fact, it’s a bit cleaner than usual. Uh huh, truth.

 

There are always piles of scrap paper and cut up pieces of old, failed paintings on my work table. I just keep clearing space to continue slinging ink, until I’m feeling so crowded that I have to tidy up. This doesn’t happen often, and what that really means, is that I have big supply of collage material right at hand.

 

Now, just after my friend said it was time to subdivide, I noticed a big piece of blotchy paper. I didn’t even know how it got there or what it was once part of, but it was propped up as if waiting for me. And I realized it could span clear across the bottom half my troubled painting. I taped it in place and this is what it looked like:

 

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WOW, WOW, WOW!! I mean, I could almost hear the whole image snap together.

 

And I felt disappointed with myself. Of course the really active background in my  picture needed something big, bold and simple in the foreground. Why didn’t I see that?

 

And just to throw in yet another and, I felt uncomfortable with taking advantage of this little discovery of mine. I mean, is such huge happenstance really fair?

 

Phew, okay, I got that out – now I can move on!

 

My goal is pictures and momentum, thus the rest of my tale points straight forward – I cut off the bottom of my painting, then sanded and spliced in my miracle patch. Of course, I couldn’t just leave it at that! I’m me, and I have a hard time quitting, so I fussed; collaging in other bits and pieces, scrapping, sanding and painting a little more.

 

NOW, I think I’m done – and I’m a looooong way from where I started too!

 

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That’s yesterdays tale. Now it’s time to continue with the next one –

 

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

PS: one more goofy thing – which I don’t understand at all. Many of my pictures look just as good (or even better) upside down! What?

 

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Good Morning All –

 

I’m back in the studio after having a wonderful weekend in which I made one big mistake!

 

My exhibition reception was on Saturday and so many folks came! I got so excited and chatty that I forgot about the camera in my pocket. You know what that means – no photos, but I’ve put out a plea to everyone to send along any they took. Then, I’ll post them.

 

Meanwhile, MY photo this morning is a working shot of a painting I made in Norway. It’s a great big peak that looms over a gorgeous Norwegian glacial valley. I spent two days there, painting and fishing the little creek that runs down to the fjord in the evenings. A wonderful, perfect time. My take home are a trio of paintings that I’ll show you this week.

 

Is this mountain of mine done? I don’t know. I think maybe it’s close.

 

More to come –

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

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Strange marks and moves today – paper ripping up and Geez Louise, is it stormy in these pictures! I must work on bringing in some sunshine soon.

 

All of these still need work. My hunch is that each requires select focusing of salient details. I must anchor this chaos, and give viewers a toehold. But how? I’m not sure what to do.

 

I also realize my quick snapshots don’t do reality justice. If we were looking at my paintings together, you would feel them in your gut. The surfaces are so brutalized and raw. It’s as if they were torn up in a big, bad old storm – and took us with ’em!

 

Of course, the flip side is that I don’t think these will support themselves. They’re so distressed and fragile that they’re ready to fall apart. I’ll have to figure something out, and I suspect it’ll mean mounting onto carrier sheets, but how do I do that without flattening texture I don’t want to lose? Yep, still more concerns, but they’re another day’s problems.

 

Tomorrow won’t be a painting day – and I probably won’t write you either. I must prep for my exhibition reception, and then clean the place up – we’re having friends over afterwards.

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

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Okay so yes, if yesterday I could do no wrong, today provided counterbalance. Oh my oh my, what a difficult time I had, with nothing to show for it at the end. Just another day in the trenches then, but still I learned a thing or two. That counts!

 

The picture above still has a good ways to go, but it’s promising so far. It was begun right after the one I showed you yesterday (that one still needs work too – scroll down to see it).

 

Gray is HARD to handle. It has no obvious punch. It goes muddy so easily, or never makes it past lackluster, yet if I can figure out how to use it well, my pictures might have surprising potency. And they would be honest. Norway, up in the mountains in the storms and mist, is almost a black & white & gray, gray world. But it’s still dramatic!

 

The key to success may be in making tiny moves that somehow still read. I think it has to do with how acutely we see even small interruptions in what we’re looking at. I’m going to have to sort this out, and learn how to stack and mix textures and subtle tonal shifts. It will require sensitivity, and I’m more of a sledgehammer kind of guy. Oh, and I also need to better understand and take into account how to fine tune a picture for a specific viewing distance.

 

This is all tough stuff – I’ll be working on it awhile!

 

Tomorrow I’ll get back at it –

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

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This was also done as a warm up just before we left to go over there. It’s not quite finished.

 

The view is of a peak behind a lake, high up in the stormy mountains on the way to the Sognefjord, and the little town where my Sweetie was born.

 

THIS IS ANOTHER PAINTING THAT REALLY COMES INTO IT’S OWN WHEN ENLARGED – CLICK IT!

 

You’ll see a number of variations of this view – I’m sort of stuck on it! In fact, the very weird, ripped up picture from yesterday began as (or maybe still is) of the same scene.

 

I wonder how today in the studio will go? Guess we’ll have to wait and see –

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

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Okay, I’m on fire today – and I’m delighted because tomorrow who knows? Not today’s problem.

 

Do you like my new dragonfly! I do, a lot, but didn’t to start with. In fact, just his front half (he’s on two sheets) got pitched in my almost-a-goner pile last December. There he stayed, until a couple of hours ago when I found him again. I stuck a new right side on, slammed ink down and started bullying it around. Now Mr. Aerial-predator has one fine looking back end! My Sweetie just came home from work and she says this dragonfly looks as if he’s flying out of a Norwegian landscape. Well, go figure!

 

Bug saved. Like I said, I’m the king of ink today.

 

Oops, did I just jinx it? Guess I’m about to find out!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

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I literally tore into this Norway view this morning – and I love it! The dimension and physicality of the picture is almost overwhelming, and I can take it even further with additional quiet sub-texture.

 

BUT I’M IN TROUBLE TOO! I had intended to collage in textures/tones behind the holes so they peek through, but I’m shocked to find that I LOVE the brown and green of the tape and backing board showing. Poop, color. Really? Now what do I do???!@!!> ?

 

Oh, and CLICK ON THE PICTURE – IT’S WORTH IT!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

This is the same scene as yesterday, but now winter is in. I really like this one. It was  almost as if the marks made themselves, and they look very unplanned, yet the information is there. And then, I had to have the guts to peck at it, and grind course sandpaper into the sheet, to create the falling flakes. THAT was a tough thing to do – if it had gone wrong the picture would have been ruined. But it went right and I am pleased!

 

There will be a different landscape tomorrow – keep watching –

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

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Good Morning All –

 

For awhile there I got out of the habit of regular posting, and that’s no good.

 

But beginning this week my summer play time is over and I’m starting what I hope will be a concentrated studio run that takes me through the Autumn and Winter. I have SO MUCH new work to show you already, although most of it must still be flattened and scanned. That’s going to take a bit, so for now, let’s at least start with some quick point-n-shoot photos. Perhaps it’s not the best way to show you what has me so excited right now, but at least it’ll give you a hint of what’s coming!

 

I’ve begun a new series of Norwegian landscapes. All are done on two sheets, with the thought that they’ll end up bound in sets into albums. A lot of my method and mark making seems to be coming together in these, yet I find them as perplexing as they are exhilarating. I’m not really in control here, so I’m just hanging on and taking the ride.

 

Here is a moody up in the mountains scene. CLICK ON IT TO TAKE CLOSE LOOK – IT’S WORTH IT!

 

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Oh, and I’m going to keep puttering with odd flower pictures too. Here’s one that was in my almost-a-goner pile. It’s a pretty big pile actually, and most of the pictures there will be scrapped, so they’re fair game to mess with. If I screw one up, who cares? Sometimes I don’t though. Sometimes, a loser ends up looking kind of fine, like this one:

 

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Hey ya –

 

The weeks have POUNDED by. First my Sweetie and I spent some truly needed time in Norway visiting family and friends. YES, your Buddy Bill went fishing, and did some painting too – confusing pictures, but also beguiling. I’ll tell (and show) you more soon enough.

 

BUT THE BIG NEWS IS THAT MY NEW SHOW IS HUNG AND OPENS TOMORROW!

 

The Reception is next Saturday, and it would be wonderful to see you there. My work looks, particularly nice in that beautiful space, which is welcoming, and very airy.

 

Come see!

 

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Oh, and I forgot to mention one little thing – an exhibition of my work is scheduled for September too! Although I must finish getting that all set up, I’m already in pretty good shape with framing and prep.

 

If you’re in the area, do come see my work!

 

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Hey All –

 

I’m so sorry I haven’t written in awhile! Nothing  dire has happened. Nope, I’ve just been working really, really hard during this summer of many tasks.

 

I’m pretty pooped, which is my only excuse for not trying to check in at day’s end. Instead, I just collapse into the hammock with my Sweetie for a bit, or find an escapist movie to watch. Thus the days have gone – and will continue still, though at least I’m going to get out to do a little fishing and outdoor painting.

 

It’s time to run away from this studio. Look at the mess! Pictures finished or puzzling are stacked everywhere, and still more have joined the throng since I took this photo two weeks ago.

 

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And here are OVER ONE HUNDRED two-sheet pictures ready to be reinforced, flattened and scanned. They’re going to have to wait until September though.

 

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You won’t hear much from me for another bit, but soon enough I’ll start posting a whole lot more! Until then, have the finest August –

 

Your Buddy Bil

 

 

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Hey ya –

 

Not many posts this past week and it won’t pick up again until next week. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been BUSY! 

 

Just finished another article for Fly Tyer Magazine (it’ll be in the Autumn issue).

 

AND I’M TAKING A REALLY QUICK MUSEUM TRIP – out to Santa Barbara, CA for three days, to attend the opening of a wonderful new exhibition of prints, and talk to some folks about, well, things that need discussing!

 

HERE IS A LINK to this wonderful gallery – and museum!

 

NEXT WEEK: I’ll be back into the studio hard. See you then!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

 

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This UTTERLY FABULOUS video clip was done by the British Museum for their new (and HUGE) exhibition of prints and printed work by Katsushika Hokusai.

 

To see it, CLICK HERE!

 

This guy was one of the most fabulous ink artists of all time, brilliant both in color and black & white. I spend a great deal of time looking at his stuff.

 

Why oh why don’t I live in London?

 

 

Slammed it down fast – big marks, and to the point. Actually, it might be a little bit too brash. Or maybe not. I just keep moving.

 

As this new month starts, I’m bottlenecked once again. Have at least 60 new pictures that must be flattened, scanned and assembled before they can be put up on this website. It’s the curse of being prolific. It’ll be a few weeks before you start seeing them – but some good stuff is coming!

 

Oh, and click the picture to make it bigger – it’s worth taking a good look –

 

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Flowering #111

India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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I find it curious that I am at the same time gaining more control and losing some of it. I make a move and a mark goes down, but so much that I didn’t intend happens! I don’t really get how this can be, but I think it’s very hopeful.

 

Take a good look – click the pic to make it bigger –

 

 

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Flowering #80

India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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Simple, it’s true, but this is a pretty good picture! I need to do more tulips.

 

Oh, and click the picture to make it bigger – this one is really worth it –

 

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Flowering #102

India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″

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