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Now that I'm back from Texas, it's time to get into my studio again. Tonight will be the latest of the Klein Artists Works online seminars that I signed up for, during which art consultant/writer/gallerist Paul Klein gives a bunch of artists advice on their careers. A major aspect of my participation in this 12 week course is to reassess the studio work I've been making for the last five years. I am entirely open to staying with what I've been doing, but I am also open to the possibility of changing course entirely. Actually, the work that I have been looking at is a strand that I have been working on for a few years, too, so it would be a reconsideration of existing things, rather than a wholesale change of style. But the things that are taking my attention most strongly as a result of the Klein seminars are these works on paper:

Here is a diptych that I did at the end of last year, which kicked off this interest in circles underneath twisting shapes and black dots (it's worth clicking on the image below to display a full size version):

My current thoughts are: do I work with these shapes in their abstract possibilities, or do I try to push their relation to personal memories a little more (coal mountains, the mining town of my childhood, etc)?

Here's one I worked on before I went to Texas, and will continue with today:


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