The Pondering Grapefruit
a blog of moments
Painting can get expensive really fast. Especially when you like to work on large canvases. For the past couple of months I have been starting a new series of wood grain paintings, where I find stranded pieces of wood that people are throwing away on the street and use them as my canvas. It's cheaper, and I think it's cooler.
After setting up the wood on my easel, I apply long, horizontal strokes that follow the grain patterns. My hand is guided by the natural lines of the wood, following its history, and the only decisions I have to make are which colors to use, and where.
It's a form of controlled abstract expressionism, and I find that whatever I make expressed both the beauty of the wood as well as my current emotional state. I like these series a lot, because the final look always feels like a landscape. The process itself is very calming too, and I can finish a work in one sitting.
The one I posted here is the most recent painting. I heard somewhere that green is the worst color to put on a painting if you want to sell it. I think it's kind of true, because I look at it from far away and it feels kind of nauseating. But up close, I think it's reminiscent of spring, pastel awakenings, and trembling buds waving in the still frosty air. Spring is slow to come in Boston, but I find it beautiful along a new level of delicacy.
About this Blog
I have no idea how to describe what my writing is about. I just write. I post when I can, which can be weekly or monthly depending on where the universe is taking me. As for the Grapefruit, my Vietnamese nickname, Buoi, means grapefruit.