|Something's In the Air; acrylic and charcoal on paper; 36 x 43"; 2015|
Six paintings later and the space in the work has radically changed. As often happens to me, I had allowed the work to become too literal - too illustrative. Large expanses were filled with paintings of boats that were ever so clearly articulated with every detail nailed down. The paintings were so specific that they were being denied a larger meaning or more open-ended reading.
Enter the last three large scale paintings where I have allowed my mind to wander without much of a plan trying desperately to "find" the painting rather than "make" it. It sounds zen, but I'm not sure it is, if I'm trying so hard. It is working. And I am creating a space in the work that feels expansive. I am finding color relationships that surprise me. And I am returning to imagery only when it finds its way in. It's all very exciting.