A cool snap in the middle of a heat wave is enough to make one believe in miracles. The weather has been divine the past couple of days, and has made me take numerous extravagant breaks from work to just go outside and sit and enjoy the nice dry cooler weather. These small portions of the day give way to deep thoughts of nature and the natural order of the outside world and how it is so different than the centrally cooled and manipulated inside of the studio. Unfortunately the cool snap with it’s dryness will all end tonight with humidity creeping back and rains on the way.
I have been in the studio in between my sits outside, and worked on a painting that began as more of a planned piece, something I don’t often do. The painting ended up being again, one that had to be worked and manipulated, until I could uncover the parts of my painting that were not familiar to me, that in a strange comforting way always surprises me. And the visits with nature outside became a part of the painting, changing the overall composition slightly but immeasurably adding to the thought content.
Here are the four stages I happened to photograph along the way. I am working with more tactile texture now, and it seems to defy; yet also, enhance the figure. It is something new to study and work with and I am enjoying the search immensely.
Stage one: drawing…much too planned
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