Up at AS220 project Space this month, its the largest painting I have done since being an undergrad.
What a pleasure to allow myself to: think big, to allow the uncertainty created by the scale change, to paint with my whole body, to use my memory, to have the painting directed my my artistic sensibility rather than direct observation. Here are some studies and process shots.
It began with paintings made on the spot over the last few years along Pleasant Valley Parkway, small moments of giving myself permission to do what interested me at the time.
Its no coincidence that this painting should be hung a week after my son's 13th birthday. We are growing together.
You can see it and several works that contributed to its development online here.
Moriah of Juniper Blue Studio created this floral arrangement for me. Ive been painting with it through its changes this past week and am more and more beguiled each day. I don't know how to put the pleasure into words. Another beautiful experience that leaves me speechless: sometimes when I paint I listen to Robin Wall Kimmerer read from her book Braiding Sweetgrass.
Process shots from a gorgeous morning of painting, on the first Friday of October at Pleasant Valley parkway in Providence, RI. I kept thinking of a line in the book A Leg to Stand On by Oliver Sacks, "I felt all the world around me as one vast hymn." (Now that I think about it I may have actually been listing to the audio book while I worked.)