May1968, On Crocus Hill Painted yesterday but thinking back to 1968....a very pretty day in May...long, long ago. Acrylic collage painting on heavy archival paper, 11 x 15 inches, image size 9.75 x 11 inches.
Here is the video showing the last painting stage of this work:
It's unusual for me to do morning pictures, but it was very pleasant being out on the roads at that hour. Rainy, overcast and cool....past greening pastures and into the forest, noisy with birdsong. The video recording the last stage of this piece is in the link below. This piece is (Sold).
At a Distance ......in the forest, looking toward the distant meadow. Sometimes looking 'far' brings to mind 'long ago', in a bittersweet way. Acrylic collage painting on heavy archival paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 9.75 x 10.25 inches.
The video documenting the last stage of making this work is here https://youtu.be/l9jnQRfBQQs or type in Harry Stooshinoff into the YouTube search bar to find all my process videos.
acrylic collage on heavy archival paper, 11 x 15 inches, signed lightly in pencil. I feel a need for these kinds of compositions, made in the midst of the landscape collage, and pure landscape paintings. The mind whirls in all kinds of ways......having little to do with a singular vision of things. Yet this is as much about what my day has been, as the other paintings are. These are about what was seen, and felt, about events that happen over time, in a day or longer. They are about conclusions reached, musing on the mystery of my own responses. Design has its dictates here too....but I feel there is much room for invention in this form. It is so important to feel unbound.....and yet the finished piece always seems to provide a sense of security too. (Sold)
April Breeze (Sold) ...April is moody and erratic, but I love her anyway. Acrylic collage painting on heavy archival paper, 11 x 15 inches, image size 9.25 x 11 inches.
In these collages I prefer to use old papers. I saved some papers from my teaching years. I'd often ask my students to prepare idea lists and preparatory drawings at the start of projects. These idea pages would be stapled together and kept on shelves in the studio for their reference the next class. Few students ever claimed these prep things at the end of the year, and in June there would be piles of things to throw out. When I started making these collages I'd sometimes save the used 8.5 x 11 inch papers in stacks. I still have a bit of this left. I'm often very charmed by the things I see on these pages.....little bits of history that are both insignificant and endearing when put into a different context. Our days are fleeting...and it's sweet if some little hint of our time here can survive. In this piece, at extreme left by the horizon, you see a star/asterisk entered in ballpoint pen. That was where a Grade 9 student wrote her name, and a punctuating symbol afterward. I don't know why that charms me....but it does to no end. Little hints that we were here....left behind...but largely invisible.... You'd be surprised how the stacks of old paper mount up after years of teaching....piles of old photocopied project sheets, assignment sheets....I left a lot of that behind and have used up much of what I've saved for collage papers.... www.harrystooshinoff.com
...A place I walk to every day, to sort through things, or just to say hello.
...if you know how to do it, you won't want to do it. This idea shows up almost every painting. This sky was repainted a few times, and you never know what you're going to get. You get so watchful to every little nuance, and somehow you find your way to a bit of fascination worth keeping. It's always a bit scary......
I liked how the erasure/editing in the last stage of the painting really helped....a useful reminder that in painting, you often have to take away as much as you put in...
The link above will take you to video 4 of 4 videos made documenting this painting. I am posting all my process videos to YouTube. You can find them by typing Harry Stooshinoff into the YouTube search bar.
April Snow Path ...into the forest after the last short blast. Acrylic collage painting on heavy watercolour paper 9 x10.5 inches, image size 8 x 9.5 inches. ...
The Mystery The boy sat in the tree on an early summer day, peaceful and alone...he liked to come here. On this day some sort of unusual insight came, some shift from the way things normally were.....some rift in the way the world was. Although very strange, there was no danger here. It was all a new mystery that made him smile, and follow along. But he knew he could not hold on, that he was allowed only a glimpse. He told himself to remember, even as he knew instantly that he would forget, and quickly. He was a sweet boy, well loved, enjoying his adventures. He remembers the forgetting...but not so clearly.......and not the thing seen....
There are videos documenting a number of my recent paintings on YouTube...just type in my name into YouTube search.
I couldn't resist videoing this one as well. There's a part where I lose my way in the sky a bit, and that is common. Nothing ever goes as planned....it's really important to remember that. But keep going...something else that is suitable will always come along. There are 4 videos posted here, comprising about an hour of painting time. Johnny Cash and the Blind Boys of Alabama will keep you company.