Lisa Pressman, Transcending, 24 x 24 inches, oil on wood, 2012-2013 (courtesy of the artist)
Valerie Brennan interviews painter Lisa Pressman about her recent work and her studio practice.
Pressman remarks: "My working routine and process are pretty close. I am at a point in my art making where I feel I have my tool belt pretty well stocked with a vocabulary, ideas, materials, and inspirations. I try to trust that and stay out of my own way. Work begins as play, play with great freedom and without judgment. Evolution comes from looking and paying careful, intuitive attention to what is happening in the work. If I am listening, my work tells me my story. My visual memory and interpretation of the world are more perceptive and in tune than my intellect. I believe in the idea of the spiral. Images and ideas that I have investigated in the past reappear again and again in a different form at different times."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Megan Craig.
Craig comments: "I think of my paintings as records of energy... I think of my own work in terms of its verbalness more than its nominal quality... when something feels closed to me it feels overly nominal like there's a noun at the front of the painting and I think I'm always aiming for the verb." She continues: "it's not about that moment of 'Oh, I see the thing I'm supposed to see'... it's not legible in that way. It's more about having this sense of either mood or life or some resonance that makes you feel."
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.