In The Studio: Recent Work
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Between Three Trees.
Fresh from the easel...and probably the last painting from the marshall house studio where I've been working the last 5 years with well over 400 arts produced, including the entire Pandemic Painting series.
A good way to end I'd say while ready for a new start.
Between Three Trees. About thinking, doing, whether either is more desirable, and perhaps whether contemplating that is in and of itself proof you're worried about the wrong things.
Two Landscapes. in progress
Originally planned as three, this pair continues the recent foray into landscapes and infuses a bit of the techniques and aesthetic from my recent larger scale paintings. Both feature a fairly common setting from recent work, looking out from the shore of a bay, but so far don't feature any figures. We'll see how that develops...but I also don't want to overdo either. There's a nice simplicity to them at the moment and, perhaps, a figure will simply muddy the waters.
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.