Pipe Dream Studio is a gallery/studio of Thieme's watermedia pieces. "Painting with water is a balancing act of spontaneity and trust in the water. Putting aside my brush allows paint and water to flow on top of washes, letting light filter through the drips and splashes. These watery surprises tell my stories with a creative voice that cannot always be planned. This process continues to delight me and keep my painting journey fresh"
Mother Nature does the hard work. My job is turning out her beautiful work that I know is hidden there; many times I have an idea and the wood has another. The wood usually wins.The vase on the right is made from a black Birch burl that weighed about 220 lbs before it went on the lathe. As I was roughing it out it was obvious the large seam was not going away. Lacing it up seemed to make the most sense. Deciding what to do with these inconsistencies usually creates the unusual out of the mundane.
Water is my medium. Being a Pisces, water is where I am most comfortable. Whether it is the sea or the sky, I am a weather geek.
Therefore, watercolors. Fluid, transparent, sometimes opaque. Delicate or muddy. Not the placid blue sky with puffy little white clouds, but stormy, heavy, blue-black, raging monsters that hang ominously over a fragile earth. Thetension and the energy of the wild weather that comes from hot air swelling up into the cooler stratosphere inspires and thrills me.
These paintings represent a body of work over more than twenty years investigating the genesis of my own mark-making as a child. Formalizing that awareness has led to working in series, in parallel (as in diptych), or the individual image. In each instance, my desire is to explore the painted surface and its substrate. Sharp detail...(the current). Faded, clouded, hidden areas...(the historic) are the physical manifestation of time past and present.