Seems complete, “Coffee Shop,” acrylic painting on 20” x
24” canvas. Except for touch-ups, letting it rest. I get to a point where I don’t
know where to take a painting anymore, so I acknowledge it could be completed. Different ways to approach this one -- some things aren't immediately apparent perhaps -- the eyes need to settle on the moods, then on how the shape operates and how the roughness works that.
I’m conscious of the streamlined design emphasis of a lot
of today’s visual art and at times wonder if I should emulate it or whether
it’s enough just to work on content, and on combining it with the abstract and
representational. Rough those two aspects up. Muck around with these in paint
and other media.
Then I look outside into the woods and see Nature’s
turmoil. Engage the news and social justice and try to fathom human turmoil. All
rougher hewn, even with the delicate its midst. Feel both the abstract and
representational qualities this way. Appreciate what other artists have done in
this realm. And let my imagination embrace this mode of seeing, thinking,
feeling, and creating. It could be viewed as throwback. It could be out of
vogue. But to be true to myself and its roughness, it’s the way I feel it.
Progression -- New title "Climate Prophet's Final Forecast -- oil painting on 16" x 20" canvas --
Recast a part of it to emphasize the abstraction -- after letting it rest, I felt more was needed -- still in process..
Except for minor touch-ups, feels complete -- letting it rest ...
I started this with idea of improvising from forms I drew in
a soft pastel titled “Spirit Upon.” In an ongoing conversation between intuition,
spontaneity and the painting, it went through changes, initially with
scriptural prophetic and transformational themes to the direction it’s heading
now. With the deluge in mind, I’ll begin to complete it expressionistically.
Progression -- “An Ancient Prophet Has a Question” – oil painting on 20” x 24”
Feels nearly complete - needs touch-ups and to sit a bit ...
Getting a feel for oil paints for the first time – neglected them in the four years I painted three-plus decades ago and since I resumed in May. I had painted just with acrylics up to now. Eileen encouraged me to work with the oils. -- Added a little more here on the painting..
Beginning to scope out shapes, arrangement and color.
Completed - "Accordionist on the Walking Bridge" -- acrylic painting on 24" x 30" canvas -- adapted from video I filmed in November 2005 when Eileen and I arrived in Chattanooga TN -- painted in what I'm calling an "intuitive combustianist" style ... progressions are in a previous post.
Progression -- "Rockets Destroyed Their Home" (was“Gaza Aftermath”), acrylic painting on 24” x
30” canvas, expressionist interpretation of photos from Gaza posted on the internet by
Muhammed Kabariti. Having been to Palestine twice, I have some sense about this ...
Done for now ...
Basics are in place. Some work yet ... color, detail, integration.
Still roughing it in, altering content, scale, tone and conception