A big inspiration in the work that I produced during the residency was the fluid, dynamic strokes of traditional Chinese calligraphy. Here is a compilation of some of my fellow artists trying their hand at it. I was too shy to try it then, but it did find its way into my paintings.
So my studio space at Taohuatan was gigantic. It was also quiet and oddly soothing sharing this vast space with seven other artists, each absorbed in our own work. Today I will go back to my messy, windowless studio in the heart of our paint factory, the contrast will be sharp!
Two of the five pieces painted during the residency. Both are acrylic on canvas. 46" x 58", and 30" x 30". Text is vertical English painted with Chinese brush. Impressions of landscape and the ever present mist here in Anhui province, China. They will remain here as part of the Taohuatan permanent art collection.
Working on a large painting, but had to build an “easel” first. This based on traditional chinese laundry drying, clothes hung on cross bar. Found materials and almost no tools. But it works. #taohuatanresidency