In The Studio: Recent Work
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Take Me to the Water's Edge.
If the source of the title, one is seeking something they don't quite know but strongly desire. If being asked, one is placed in a position of power, holding knowledge that another seeks. Perhaps this is simply an encounter of two people approaching the nearest water access. Perhaps it's something different altogether.
After a Morning Row.
The first painting of 2023 exemplifies some current trends in my painting and marks a vibrant and exciting start to 2023.
First off, the actual time taken to create the painting was much more extended than the frantic three-paintings-per-week I was doing during the pandemic. Altogether the painting spent about a month in an incomplete state, a long time period for me, especially never having restarted or painted over large portions.
In addition to the timeline, the painting displays less use of water and a brightness that isn't largely present in the series. The palette as a whole, though similar, is a bit more impactful, or a least impactful differently than the Pandemic Paintings which tended to be more somber.
Lastly, the figure itself does not have the characteristic "wetsuit" that become a staple of the Pandemic Painting figures, opting for a comparably more naturalistic portrayal of the figure.
There are basically two ways to view the scene and interpret the title that I had in mind by the end of the process. In one it is a rather simple image depicting a moment of rest amongst nature after a morning boat ride, the other uses the slang definition of "row", or fight, and changes a beautiful and relaxing scene to one of tension and conflict.
A painting exploring calm and introspection amongst confrontation in a vibrant setting.
Three more defined figures stand at the top of the scene with only their legs visible. There is some interaction at hand though the exact nature is unclear. There's a tension amongst these figures countered by the figures at the bottom, barely visible as they fade into the foliage around them.
Searching for Hermit Crabs at Sunset.
A juxtaposition of the energy of nature and that of a tired worker at the end a long day, worn down but accomplishing his task nonetheless. I think the energy and mood can shift along with the viewer, perhaps offering at times a calm, beautiful and vibrant sunset, other times a scene of energy and movement enveloping a determined figure.