I thought I would post a few of the paintings Tina Bluefield and I collaborated on for those of you who are out of town and couldn't make the opening. We had a total of fourteen paintings in the show at JTAG. These were painted over the course of four paintings sessions. Each one was painted by both of us.
|"Dodo." oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. ©Swenson & Bluefield 2011|
|"Musician." oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches. ©Bluefield & Swenson 2011|
|"Wonderland." oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. ©Swenson & Bluefield 2011|
The experience of painting with Tina was like a visual dialogue. Two artists, side by side, each artist making their own marks on every painting. The marks were the words and sentences, and they passed back and forth, just as in a conversation using words. We found ways to knit the marks together – there were even times when we could not tell who made each mark. We talked of other things while painting: music, food, books, life. The only discussion of the paintings before us was to determine when they were finished.