125 Images Project Gallery – THE FIRST 25 IMAGES!!! Color Sketches (Series 4)

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the forest for the trees #24 Color Sketches (Series 4)


Today I decided to add a detail image (below) of the above image – so often these little bits of magic happen when I am painting that you might not see in the bigger image – sometimes they get lost. The detail image shown below is why I love watercolor so much – the way the water shapes these organic spaces and transitions, fusing or not fusing the color in such beautiful ways. So much like movement. I love the edges and curves. The places where the light remains or where the colors darken.

So far not one of these works have gone as planned – not one. Watercolor does what it wants, how it wants. It is at once the most graceful expression with the most thug stubbornness in its insistence to be exactly what it wishes in the space and time it was created.

I appreciate its wildness and refusal to be tamed into an expected vision. Each night, the story asks me to follow it. And so I do. And it’s never what I expect, and I always find the experience to be beautiful. The saying “seeing the forest for the trees” suggests that we step back in order to see the whole and gain perspective. Much like this project, there is so much to learn in flipping things/ideas around. So I am suggesting that a fullness of perspective can also be gained from a look at the smaller details.

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”  Hermes Trismegistus


to find these forms and this energy for this particular space (For Scott Putman’s Tensegrity) #21 Color Sketches (Series 4)


This work was created within the 125 Images Project for Scott Putman‘s dance work titled Tensegrity, a work for all male dancers for the VCU Dance NOW concert. I took 5 process shots that Michael Jarett, lighting designer extraordinaire, animated the images to build with both the choreography and the lighting. He then projected the animated images onto a screen behind the dancers during the performance. The work above is the completed piece. Damion Bond created the beautiful costumes that inspired the colors, and of course, Scott Putman’s powerful and expressive choreography inspired the form and energy . I have not seen the work in its full performance glory (I saw a run through before creating the painting), but I am going tonight. If you are interested in going to see the talented choreographers and dancers of VCU Dance in their closing night performance, tickets can be found at Showclix – http://www.showclix.com/event/3923989