Friday, September 21, 2012


 At the moment i don't have too much to blog about.. I am currently working thru another wiping out phase.. These bouts of wiping off paintings seem to be coming more frequent and with stronger winds (figuratively). i used to really loathe these times and not wish them on my worst enemy but now i just put down the sails and row. "If the wind doesn't blow, row row row."

This Painting, "Recession" 30x30 is the result of coming out of my last wiping phase. they usually help in the long run.

Recession 30x30 available at Camden Falls Gallery
 One thing I would love to share with you is a great book (I listened to it on Audible dot com) "The War of Art" the ideas expressed in this book are great for putting your ass in gear and its pretty cheap. Let me know if you like it when you read or hear it. Happy Rowing!


Matthew Holt said...

Dan, you do a great job with your compositions within a square! Love that acid green in the window. I know what you mean about wiping phases! Is it bad for me to say that it makes me feel better that you have those too?! I had one all last week and through the weekend. Couldn't pick up a brush since. Picked up a pencil instead and hit some weights hard...and hoping to come out of it after a fresh mind.

Dan Corey said...

hey Matt, thank you! yeah, its ok. ha! Im pretty sure that the more you struggle with your work the stronger the final product will be. The more complex your filter is. All of the painters i love have put in years and you can see a clear path to where they are now in their work. perfect examples, J Lipking and Colin Page. If you go back and look at their earlier work neither of them had the brushwork or the complex composition they seem to exhale today but you can see it sprout and grow over the years. If there was a patience pill i might be tempted. :))

Mick Carney said...

The lovely bits of highlight that you always manage to find and place in your paintings are a constant joy. Wonderful rich palette in this one.

Dan Corey said...

Thanks Mick! This was definitely an green mixing marathon.

Matthew said...

I like this post. I'm a sailor and so your comparison to sailing makes a lot of sense to me. In July here in the deep South, often the winds will die when I'm out on the lake, and I have to row in my 600lb boat plus the weight of me and the dog. Sometimes it is so miserably hot, and the mosquitoes start to go crazy (around sunset) I jump in the water and swim pulling the boat behind. I don't usually drop my sails though, symbolically I keep some hope that the wind will return. Often when I'm at our sailing club, other members will see the lack of wind on the lake and go back to their homes, but I try to hang around, and will sometimes put the boat in (I keep it on a trailor in a field- we don't have a permanent dock) and even if it takes me an hour to get to the middle of the lake, I find the wind will be stronger in the middle of the lake. In other words, the persistence concept is really important I think.

The best thing about sailing to me is that I forget about most of the things I've been thinking about, and get connected with my environment. Painting is that way too, I lose myself in the environment, but unlike sailing there's no boom to worry about hitting me in the head.

I'll check out the book you mentioned, I'm an Audible member.

Some Audible books I've enjoyed:

Letters to a Young Poet- Rilke
The Golden Compass- Philip Pullman
Death comes as the End- Agatha Christie