Behnke writes that Hawkins' "work, seemingly playful and intuitive, rewards the attentive viewer as the aforementioned qualities give way to a painterly rigor and sophistication. The 'serious play' of Klee or Matisse is brought to mind but never overshadows Hawkins' own certain personality and unique pictorial vocabulary."
Interview with painter Emily Gherard about her work and influences.
Gherard says: "The painting or drawing begins with an idea of a particular form and how it might fit in the space of the painting but as the work continues what keeps me in the piece is manipulating the materials... I look for when the use of materials adds more information, clarity and definition to the original idea."
On the painting process Alexander notes that "The big angst is the falling in and out of love along the way. I will fall in love with a color combination layered just so or the way the edges are happening or a texture and t hen I think the painting is done. I'm elated and then some time passes, a day, a week and I can't understand why I thought the painting was any good. So I paint some more, fall in love again and most likely repeat the same elation and humiliation/defeat. It’s such a crazy ride."
Interview with Brooklyn based painter Paul Behnke. "I’m currently taking a break from larger canvases to focus on small paintings on paper. On the more disposable surface I’m able to trick myself and be more relaxed. Color and transparency are becoming more important and the edges of the work are starting to play a more definite role."
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.