"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can...
...And whither then? I cannot say."
Painting Center in
Chelsea, New York
City, has put one of
my smaller size
paintings into its
benefit online show
(at ARTSY here).
Suspect", was not
one of my
paintings: it was
arrived at quickly; in
fact its very presence
depends on this quick
kinetic gesture. The
prolongs and enriches
"Unusual Suspect", 20 x 16 in. (51 x 41 cm),
Flashe & acrylic on wood panel, 2022
Creating a painting, making it appear seemingly "out of the thin air", is
actually not all fun and games and quick certainties... . Sometimes, the joy
of watching them emerge -- all a-promise with something new and
heretofore unseen -- is followed by periods of doubt, searching, listlessness,
even despair. Perhaps the ultimate key here is to find joy in the search
itself, while the process comes to a resting point in the fullness of time. The
result then is only occasionally one final exclamation mark, a penultimate
gesture -- a hosanna from the heavens bursting open into a revelation.
More often this creation process is a series / a string of balancing points,
each requiring a decision, a determination of whether to proceed, to alter
or keep the balance already achieved. And any mark beyond that, oh so
fragile balancing point, leads to the next series of call-and-response
decisions of unknown magnitude... this world's uncertainty principle
asserting itself at the usual irregular intervals.
To give an example:
My recent November 2022 feature on Scene4, "
Esprit Rude / Esprit
, was dedicated to the long journey of one of my paintings. From
winter beginnings to summer completion, it kept improving, ever lighter in
joyous spirit, while more complex in color relationships. Even its changed
name, "Blue Happiness", was to reflect its newfound optimism. And so, at
the very least, another large painting completed -- or so I thought... . Not
so fast!.. said the painting.
In progress --"Blue Happiness ?", 36 x 48 in. (122 x 91 cm),
Oil stick, acrylic & flashe on wood panel
Now, yet again, it's a painting in progress; orientation changed, colors
added, final destination unknown... but hope springs internal -- and I shall
keep you posted on the journey!..