A painting happened
and is already over — What you see is the result!
A shrewd poet friend, Paul Hunter, has defined the word painting as an event in time in which an artist reacts to something by putting paint on a canvas.
The object of art coming out of that painting (event) is actually the log, or documentation or result of the act. The painting event is over, and the object on canvas is the record of the action.
If that is so, then the viewing of the art
object is another event happening.
THE LEAFY CROCK VASE
ABOVE:Small images show various stages in the making of this incised and painted mango wood crock with a leafy/ feathery motif.
A ©SGHolland carving now in a private collection in Seattle Wa
TORNADO , a "Shell" about 7.5" in diameter and 2.5" in height. This arrived as a plain saucerlike shape with a bad dark mark across its face making it look unworthy of putting on a store shelf.
The dark place became a clout from which I found a twister coming down. Dimpled concave pit marks made "clouds", the waving grains shivered across the grain in the center, and fields moves from distance to foreground at the bottom. The black indentation reached right through the rim, so I made indentations all around the rim,, a pleasant pattern framing the textured bowl.
Judicious staining with iron oxide, applicaton of finishes to seal the surface, and a beeswax polish to bring out the color and grains make this a favorite bowl.
Someone goes through these items before they hit the market and takes out the ones that have broken places, bad color, or natural flaws that might not appeal to consumers. The "culls" are put on shelves and disposed of in various ways-- tossed into the landfill or burnt up in fires. And then I come shopping on those shelves and take the so-called losers into my own shop and look at them a long time.
The wood tells me what to do, how to carve, whether to use the flaw to make the design, or remedy it by mending the flaw or cutting it away from the piece. Then I craft a brand new item out of the "dud" by carving, texturing, shaping, incising, painting, sanding, piercing, and even burning it into an art piece.