A Change in Direction

Several months ago my work took a new direction.  Actually it was not my work that took a new direction it was my intentions that changed. The sequence of change went something like this: Christopher Schink was working on an article about styles and interpretation and asked a number of painters to create a painting based on a photograph of a barn.  My choice was to create the a feeling of a barn rather than recording the visual facts of a barn.  The essence of barns, for me, is a busy,  place filled with unusual smells, equipment, sounds , and mystery.

So, for my contribution to the article I would paint these sensations and not an imatation.


"Texture of Rural"        11"x11"             A/P

“Texture of Rural” 11″x11″ A/P

As is often the case awarenesses show up when I am encaged making painting decisions.  While painting this image I connected with sensations I find most attractive in the work of many great artist that have been absent in much of my latest work.  Mystery, quietness, intimacy is the qualities to which I refer.  Somehow the feelings I most admire had been forsaken in favor of more intellectual pursuits.

It happens.

“It Happens”

“It Happen” is the last painting I did before “Texture of Rural”.  Now, I do not apologize for this more abstract piece of work.  I believe that every painting done contributes to an artist ever evolveing process.  It is very possible that what fascinated me now is an outgrowth of what has gone before.

What followed was a series of images based on emotional responses to  ordinary subject.


"Mill Town" 22"x 22" acrylic on rag paper

“Mill Town” 22″x 22″
acrylic on rag paper

February Mount Airy

February Mount Airy




Most of these images originated in my mind from places I know. I am not a plein air  painter    and find that being on location creates one thing-confusion.


P.S. Thank you Priscilla for reminding me to post something on my blog.  I will try to do better.   Skip





  • Susan Lucas

    May 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm Reply

    loved the “old” work but really connect to this new direction! Always interesting, always good.

  • S. Gilley

    May 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm Reply

    Fabulous. Thanks for sharing and the courage to move forward.
    Missed your class at Springmaid.
    I admire any artist pushing the edge and dealing with the discomfort- but oh, what authentic results are now present.

  • beverly spitzer

    Jun 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Love the new work as much as the old. Thanks for sharing your new diection.

  • Harriet westfall

    Jun 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm Reply

    beautiful–I love your use of grays to create an atmosphere

  • Vera

    Jun 29, 2015 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Yes yes! Where u turn another corner and see enough evidence of who u r to be able to express yourself more clearly…. Yea, that!

  • Harriet Goode

    Jun 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Hey Skip,
    Loved seeing your new work. Wonderful. Really. Haven’t been to Springmaid in years, but remember all the good times we had and all the old art buddies. Martin sends best regards. I send hugs.

  • Elaine Weiner-Reed

    Jul 3, 2015 at 9:28 am Reply

    I love these, Skip. They are evocative, elegant, and intriguing. Beautiful work!
    Your continual evolution as an artist is what drew me in as one of your students back in the early 1990’s. That continual evolution is what a true artist should embody and I always have believed that and as a result, have always followed my gut…morphing as I do… As we change and think and grow, there should follow our Art!
    Bravo and thank you for being uniquely YOU and for continuing to inspire and paint!
    Miss you!

  • Judy Huttner

    Jul 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm Reply

    This is no boloney….your work always touches my heart, and these small ones are gems….
    love, Judy

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