Crescent Lunge - Rear Foot 04

watercolor on prepared yoga mat, 24" x 18", 2012


Based on a photograph of the artist by Hannah Zwirner.

Yoga is a very physical, sweaty, tactile kind of thing. It seems to me there is something quite incongruous about putting my yoga paintings in frames behind glass. It is very formal, and necessarily puts a lot of space between the paintings, and, more importantly, between the painting and the viewer. So, I have been experimenting painting on treated yoga mat.

The art supply house I deal with, Daniel Smith from Seattle, is marketing a “watercolor ground,” a kind of gesso, that creates a surface similar in texture and absorption to rough watercolor paper and can be applied to virtually any material. I have been mounting pieces of basic, inexpensive yoga mat on cradled pressed wood board and prepping the mat with the watercolor ground. It has taken some getting used to, but at this point I am starting to enjoy working with it and the results I am getting.

The painting shown here, of my back foot in “crescent lunge,” is one of my recent works. Click here to see a close-up of the yoga mat.

Thu 21-Jun-2012 22:00