Why Paper

As many of you know, we do upwards of sixteen events a year. When people view my work for the first time, invariably, two questions arise. “Is this paint?”, followed by “Why paper?”.

The latter question I have asked myself many times. The answer is complicated, but a recent visit by my granddaughter Grace, herself an artist, crystallized the central reason.

As she looked over my most recent piece called Sunday Morning, she remarked that it seemed like I was actually constructing the buildings in the piece. She ran her fingers lightly over the surface making the observation that there was something very three dimensional and tactile about making art the way I did.

Her insight was spot on. Almost every piece of art has texture and relief of some sort that adds to the visual impact of the completed work.

Paper has an almost infinite variety of colors, patterns and thicknesses to choose from. This variety creates the possibility of unusual outcomes for rather predictable and popular themes.

Even the most common landscape can made wonderfully unique depending on paper choice.

As I assembled Sunday Morning, it became clear that the layers of burgundy, deep lavender, and blue tissue papers used in the background buildings created an atmosphere suggesting early morning or sunset. This was especially true given the white dotted deep yellow construction paper used as the sky.

I had not planned this outcome in any way. It was a welcome surprise that in the end changed the whole theme of the work.

The paper used in the windows of the middle ground buildings reinforced – again unconsciously on my part – this early evening or early morning atmosphere as well.

As a result of this outcome, I changed the foreground figures to create a possible story line using the choice of early morning as environment. The original theme was totally changed. The figures created for the original piece will now be employed in another more appropriately backgrounded piece.

Sunday Morning will be debuted at the 1500 member New York Cycling Club monthly meeting in Manhattan’s Connolly’s Restaurant. The original will be available for sale in early December. A limited run of Sunday Morning giclées will be available in two sizes by special order.

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