Pen & Paper: Paul Verdell

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“The way that I’m making art now is based on a feeling and moment.”

What’s your process from earliest idea to execution?

The best way to describe it: It’s really becoming more of a feeling lately than a full plan.

I know some painters like to do sketches ahead of time before they make the monumental painting. I just dive in. I started diving in and it works out a lot better that way.

I work on the floor sometimes too to give that impression that I won’t be able to see the work right away until it’s stretched and hung.

If you were to speak to your younger self or an artist who isn’t quite sure whether to go all in, what would your advice be?

The way that I’m making art now is based on a feeling and moment.

I just think it shouldn’t really matter. You should be able to just make the work. So many people worry about their futures. I could literally be in a shed somewhere and just make the work and not really care about what’s going on.

A lot of this work has become very selfish of me. When I first started making art, it was really with the intention to have eyes on it. Now, the intention is to just make the work. I don’t really care if there’s eyes or not.

That’s always the best work, the passion projects — work that comes from the heart or the unconscious.

Right and that’s where the best work is made. You’re so in-depth with the work and you’re so in love with making it, that you don’t care about everything else going on around you besides the work being made.

That’s my advice is just take out a piece of paper, a pencil and just go.

Studio photos by Kai Newby. Artwork photos by PD Rearick. Courtesy of the artist and Library Street Collective.

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