A Small Village on a Hill

Conte, Charcoal, Pastel on Natural 60 lb paper 14 x 17

This is what happens when it is time for real fun.  I would love to say that it is based on a recent visit to the galleries to check out the competition.  But, the fact is, I had a piece of paper that had got messed up a bit.  There were charcoal and pastel marks all over it because it was under some other work and picked up some of the colors.  I could have just tossed it out but  I saw a pattern in the marks and decided to see what would happen if I went to work on them.  They say that Abstract Expressionism is coming back.  I had the pleasure of being up and personal with wet Pollock canvases.  Even for a kid who didn’t know any better, it was exciting and confounding stuff.  Anyway, whether you or I like it or not, this piece was a nice change of pace from the usual craziness.  Reminds me a bit of Jean Dubuffet’s early stuff which is weird because Bernard Buffett’s work was what got me interested in being an artist.


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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One Response to A Small Village on a Hill

  1. joanchakonas says:

    Love that you’re pursuing your real career finally!! Love the book, especially the surprise ending. Now you have to do a colored one.

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