Color affects everything! My work is about color relationships and the energy that color can generate...paintings on silk and on canvas
Monday, September 10, 2012
What am I trying to say and who might be listening? We are influenced on so many different levels. When I am making a connection with a canvas, beginning a conversation with line and form, influenced by color and all the sights I have taken in, the words which have been spoken, how can I be honest with myself. Is that my real question? No, there are layers here in this thinking just as there are layers on a painting. The painting begins simply and it changes each day with a new layer of values, textures, moods. How do we know when it is finished or is it ever finished? I am reading de Kooning, about the man, his work, the time 40s through 70s, and his layers under each canvas. Sometimes he work years on a painting, reworking; sometimes scraping paint off, layering on newspaper, pulling off paint with newspaper. he was searching and not easily or often satisfied. Sounds quite painful to me.
Pain...paint...hmmmm. My thoughts wander. I have made 3 hurts to my body in these past 24 hours...pain has stopped my paint. I cut my thumb last night; I was too tired to be thinking clearly. Today I was chilled and needed to change my clothing before a meeting. I stubbed my toe. It is now many colors, but not something I want to muse on to closely. Then I dropped a metal lid on my other foot: I had to give up and go take a bath...whew!
I am speaking honestly of my hurt, but what of honesty in representing art. We all take photos of our work. Some photos are more honest than others. This thought came to my distracted mind when I was scooping up an image of this painting to share here. Above was taken a couple of days ago (9x12) and below was taken today.
The light was poor in the studio so I moved this small painting to the porch and the gold glowed but the red tamed. Is one vision more honest than another? Or is it understood that paintings have mood and change in different light or even in different surroundings?
With the turn in the weather, we are all seeking the comfort of more clothing and my scarves are having their season once again. Above is a detail of a new silk scarf....is a detail more honest than a whole view or less honest. A detail is more personal, close up viewing, but it misses the whole composition. Oh, just musing here; any thoughts from you who have wandered here with me?