Self Assessment: March 2019

On the painting side:

I had the opening of my show in Iowa City on March 1st.

Since then I’ve been finishing paintings to take to the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, hopefully in April. These new paintings consist of:

  • acrylic paint on stretched canvas

  • acrylic paint on canvas that is mounted to wood panel

  • acrylic paint on prepared wood panel

  • acrylic ink on synthetic paper that is mounted to wood panel

All paintings will be framed. All frames will be white matte wood. Some are floating frames. Most are a traditional frame. All are 1.5” depth. Size of the images will be between 11 x 14 inches and 24 x 36 inches.

I’ve temporarily stopped producing acrylic paint on synthetic paper paintings. Those have to be put under glass or plexiglass. I’ve discovered I can achieve the same style and effect using acrylic inks, and I don’t need glazing to protect it as acrylic inks have better resistance to accidental damage than acrylic paints on the same synthetic paper substrate. For now, I’d like to produce new works that can exist openly.

Another thing I’ve done is cut down on the number of sizes. Until recently, I tended to buy whatever looked like fun at the art supply store. These days, I’m a little more thoughtful about it. Here are the main sizes I’ll be working in:

  • 8 x 10 inches

  • 11 x 14 inches

  • 16 x 20 inches

  • 18 x 24 inches

  • 24 x 24 inches

  • 24 x 36 inches

Smaller sizes will likely be acrylic ink on synthetic paper mounted to wood panel. Larger sizes will be acrylic paint on prepared wood panel or acrylic paint on canvas mounted to wood panel.

I’ll work larger in the future. Eventually I’ll have a studio outside of my home where I can easily produce and store larger paintings.

Once I’m done with the next round of paintings for Leopold, I’ll fill up my online store with paintings that fall outside of the above size ranges.

On the music side:

I’ve been releasing a lot of sounds in 2019. Over the winter, I compiled unreleased tracks over the past 15 years, edited and titled them, and moved them into a folder I call the “Stockpile”. From there, I put them into various categories and have been steadily releasing them under my name, Ambient Matyk, Chillout Preservation Collective, and all the various other pseudonyms that I publish “genre music” and “environmental recordings” under. It’s going to take a while to whittle that down. It doesn’t do any good sitting on a shelf, or in my case, a hard drive.

Whenever I feel I need a break from painting, then I go over and deal with some releases. Then I get back to painting. It works for me.

Drop By Drop, 11 x 14 inches, acrylic ink on synthetic paper, mounted to wood panel, white matte wood frame.

Drop By Drop, 11 x 14 inches, acrylic ink on synthetic paper, mounted to wood panel, white matte wood frame.