Notebook

Notbook is an informal collection of ideas, paintings and photographs revealing the creative process of contemporary artist Chris Page. 

Early Morning Sky Triggers Painting Memory

Waking up this morning (04.02.2016) there was a thin cloud layer in the sky that revealed a slight bit of light down at the horizon. The field like nature of this painting from 2012 came to mind.

Sky Gesture 1 ©2012 Chris Page

Sky Gesture 1 ©2012 Chris Page

Sky Gesture 1

2012
54 x 84 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

Sky Gesture I uses a rhythmic overlaying of gestural action using the length of my reach as the predominant size of the gesture. The final layer, a very thin wash, includes migrating drips that were allowed to remain visible on the right and lower edges of the painting. In Payne’s gray revealing lavender along the bottom edge, the spatial field appears to optically hover as if not quite synonymous with the picture plane.

Ocean Triptych

Establishing a personal style feels ludicrous yet necessary.
— Chris Page
The photographs look better that the actual paintings. 

The photographs look better that the actual paintings. 

Dark & Light Stripes 04.02.2016—a Walk at Wentworth

This a second set of images from the Evening Sky Walk 04.02.2016 looking west into the sun while walking at Wentworth Conservation Area. 

Small Sky Painting—March 2016

Small painting   acrylic on paper   18 x 24 inches  ©2016 Chris Page

Small painting   acrylic on paper   18 x 24 inches  ©2016 Chris Page

Small Sky Painting was created by over-painting an earlier painting. I am interested in the gap between cloud banks where the orange ground of the sky is revealed. The challenge is how to contend with the inherent figure ground problem of the atmospheric ground. The original soft orange of the ground made for a good chromatic contrast to the gestures using Payne's grey of the top layer. To see some other example of the appearance of this kind of sky gap check out the next entry Dark and Light Stripes.