Does This Count?

I am reading about artists from the 1940s and 1950s, whose number includes Jackson Pollock, the quintessential ‘action painter’.  His paintings were so large that he was within the confines of the canvas, placed on the floor, as he dripped and splashed paint. Some who watched him paint described the process as a ‘dance’. The painting below […]

Blue, Purple Spots and Q Nickel

I’ve been reading quite a bit about Action Painting and Color Field Painting in relation to the mechanics of visual perception in the human brain.  Eric Kandel’s book Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures tells this fascinating story. As I understand it, the concept underlying both Action Painting (as in the paintings […]

Final Portrait

Today’s watercolor experiment: Sometimes I wish I painted with oils or acrylic. An ‘action’ painting loses a bit in the translation with watercolors.  Today I loaded a brush with red and drew a vigorous outline of a face – the final portrait of my brother Mike, for a while. Those of you unfamiliar with my […]