Signed, Sealed

Here’s the full 3+ minute video of me painting my signature on a new commissioned painting. Like many of the marks in each painting, the brushstrokes here required more than one layer. This clip shows the final pass with gold paint harmonizing these eight letters with a gold-toned canvas.

The pattern I use to sign my paintings is inspired by the chop marks and studio seals used by artists and printmakers for centuries. Although I first noticed this type of signature on the Viennese fin de siècle paintings that I admired when I was starting out as a painter, the amazing marks used on Chinese landscape paintings made my fascination permanent.

To read my last name in the mark, just start with the big S and read the letters clockwise until you get back to the S a second time.

Here’s a 19 second hyperlapse of the same video:

Scott Bodenner on Recycled Synthetic Canvas

Scott Bodenner is a gifted textile designer, polymath, and friend. He trained as a hand weaver, with a degree from RISD and early on-the-job experience with a German textile mill. He has a unique perspective on industrial mill capabilities and limitations, to which he brings a deeply held concern for recycling. One of his favorite books is Victor Papanek’s Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change .

I am lucky to have had the chance to work with Scott to produce a custom bolt of synthetic artist’s canvas using recycled polymer. I recently sat down with Scott to talk about that project and ask the questions that a painter might have for a textile savant.

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Sightline Time-lapse Animation

Five months of hand-painted circles on the eight foot canvas “Sightline” are compressed into these two minutes of time-lapse animation.  Even though the resulting video looks like speed-painting, what’s going on in the studio is pretty carefully considered!

I made this video as a diy instant-replay for myself, hoping to learn something that will make me a better painter. The resulting clip is fascinating for several dramatic changes to the painting and the many layers of paint it reveals.

Here is a link to Photographs of the finished piece installed and more about the painting.

Music is a Library of Congress field recording:
Title: Devil’s dream
Contributor Names:
Mann, Thomas (performing on hammered dulcimer)
Cowell, Sidney Robertson (collector)
Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
Created / Published: 1937.