Posted in meandering, mess, mirth on September 8, 2012 by blacksheeppenn

New Version

Posted in musing on January 22, 2011 by blacksheeppenn


Posted in musing on January 17, 2011 by blacksheeppenn

Final, for now.


Posted in musing on January 14, 2011 by blacksheeppenn

There are several contradictory impulses at work. Rather than arbitrarily selecting one I’m trying to sustain the conflict till there is some resolution or clear feeling. In simplistic terms it’s: too much white or too much black; and too much structure or not enough structure.


Posted in musing on January 9, 2011 by blacksheeppenn

I’ve set up a little still life to work on at home.

This is a 4th or 5th state.

For the time being I’m ignoring tonal differentiations. I’m still in the work of finding where things are, adding and subtracting elements, and need to let the composition drift back and forth across the page till it finds the right place and the right proportions. There is a lot of work to do on the intensity/volume of the lines.

In later versions I’ll begin to allow color to enter mostly thorough a warm/cool white conversation and maybe first in subtle color in the line structure. I’m also thinking that it would be interesting to paint some of the blocks the same tones as the background.

There are a lot of influences floating around in my mind, I’m not sure whether I’m trying to synthesize them into something more my own or using them to pull out of myself something that I don’t yet know. In that sense I think about something Matisse said; that he didn’t know what he felt till he saw it in the work.

Here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about.

Early Italian Painting

Franz Kline

Alberto Giacometti

Patrick Henry Bruce

Giorgio DeChirico



Robert Ryman

Joseph Albers


Al Held

Leland Bell

Georges Rouault

Mark Tobey




Posted in musing on December 24, 2010 by blacksheeppenn

There are still some pieces to post from the show this fall but I’m having trouble finding enough time to convert them to a usable format for the blog. Since I had sent a link to Stanley’s show in NYC I thought I might add a little more info on my other teachers and how I came to study with them.

I went to UNCG for a couple of different teachers. I had been doing sculpture since early at UGA and started doing it again on my own at KCAI (though in the basement of the house of our apt) . Stanley saw some of it and really pushed me to try and pursue it in grad school. He mentioned Peter Agostini, who I had heard of and seen work by, was teaching at UNCG. At the time Peter was teaching two weeks in NC and two weeks at the NY Studio School, traveling back and forth.

The Studio School had a strong connection to KCAI. KCAI was jokingly call Studio School West. Many of the KCAI students spent a semester at the Studio School and some of the Studio School students came to KCAI to finish their undergrad degree. Some of the KCAI faculty had taught at the Studio School, and the studio program at KCAI was modeled on the Studio School.

Anyway Chris Cairns daughter Alexis is putting together a website/blog that has a couple of nice posts about Peter.

There are a lot of other nice things on her blog if you have time to check it out.

Levels of Innocence – Degrees of Shade

Posted in meandering on November 29, 2010 by blacksheeppenn

Hommage to Bruno Munsterberg

It All Comes to Naught

It All Comes to Not

It All Comes to Knot