Many artists created in their homes, but the most exciting stops were huge warehouses with studio space for rent. Here dozens of artists pinned paperworks to the walls or straddled a massive canvass across two easels, each person's space separated with standard gray pop-up tables spattered in color and brushes. I had never seen such a large workspace or such large paintings before, and I wanted to make some too.
I still remember certain artists from those studios (which I visited over eight years ago). Even then the pieces that struck me were the color-driven, abstract, atmospheric canvasses set as welcoming arms for a collapsing spirit--the type that when you stand before the work in flat-footed attention, several paces from the canvass, the tip of your nose seems to involuntarily inch towards the paint as if to draw ever-so-near to the energy of color.*
My aspirations have always been in huge-scale color-field work, but my "studio space" (random house corner, kitchen floor, desk, spare room, etc.) has limited me to small and mid-scale works. Recently I've been tacking pieces of unstretched canvass on the wall of our apartment (on top of a bunch of tacked-up garbage bags of course) and just going to town on it. These two new works are the next step of my adventure towards making massive works.
Another large painting is on the wall now and will be completed soon.