This January I began a project using older paintings as a foundation for new works.
Many of these older paintings were incomplete, discarded, or damaged thus making the decision to work over these paintings fairly easy. My goal was to begin a painting with what I call a "given grounding". This way there was an established structure and history, that I would have to deal with while constructing a new image.
I began imagining the landscape as a singular encompassing surface; trying to consider the structures that lay beneath. When painting, I think about the canvas material, the stretcher bars, the tilt of the easel that is influenced by the slight slope of the floor. I try to imagine the grander cosmic phenomenons currently at play.
The natural landscape and the painting's surface is constantly in flux reacting to everything that came before it.
Today I decided to challenge myself and select a work that wasn't incomplete or damaged. I selected one of the first portraits of my wife. This was a piece that I admired and had kept in my studio for years.
Early on in my process I realized that I didn't have any documentation of the previous image. I paused instantly and snapped a photo! Here you can see the ghost of the previous painting faded into the background.
Within these five images you see me let go of this memory...