Kristine Moran, Fear in Waiting (courtesy of the artist)
Jonathan Beer and Lily Koto Olive interview painter Kristine Moran about her work and process.
Moran comments: "...because my work depends largely on the painting process itself, even the most detailed sketch will at times translate into something completely different on canvas. For the most part, the paintings tend to morph into unexpected territory as they evolve. I find that if I try to stick too closely to the original intent, my paintings become didactic or too illustrative for my liking. On the other hand, if I’m able to stay completely open, the subject matter emerges through painting. A certain brush stroke or gesture will make me suddenly shift the direction of the work into a new direction, and it’s imperative that I stay open to these unexpected turns."
Joshua Abelow interviews painter Ted Gahl about his work.
Gahl remarks: "I enjoy the subtle palettes and pictorial simplicity in a lot of abstract/minimal work. At the same time, I am a sucker for purely figurative paintings. I continually employ elements of both to keep it interesting for myself, and hopefully, the viewer. I don't believe that genuine abstraction is possible without the concrete, the ordinary, and the figurative. I'm not convinced that there’s a clear line between the two. I think there is always a real beginning or reference, and then a personal interpretation."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.