This 2"x3"miniature qouache took two days to create last week. Various images within the composition came to me slowly, but clearly once seen. I find designs from antiquity within various cultures appeared, as seen in the rocks and clothing of the figures. The black dog refers to the beloved labradors my father kept by his side, bought from the Camaldoli Hermitage monks of Big Sur.
Exhibited at the Milton Marks Convention Center Gallery, S.F., 2011
(Pardon the poor documentation.)
This gouache on paper experiment is a precursor to my later abstracts that "create something out of nothing." While my partner drove the car I took photographs (film, this was before digital was big) using a telephoto as we traveled around S.F. From that one roll of 36 images I found these 17 told a story about life in this city. I was determined that I could make something beautiful and meaningful out of this one randomly shot roll of film, thus the "something out of nothing."
Looking back now I notice the full page circular motion that became so common in my more recent abstracts, perhaps a pattern of looking deeply while collecting as much data as possible for the study.
I was wondering what it would be like to be up close. It is as I suspected, much better than the online imagery. There's something so visceral about paint that is almost out of control but so exquisitely in control. The large pieces allowed me to feel inside the experiences... the drips and sketchy strokes suggesting a passage of time.
Another one slipped away. I have a tendency of doing this... putting out small pieces for display before I've documented them. The archivist within me says "wait!" but I tack them up anyway, eager to show a bit of flow... and whooosh! out the door they float. The most recent one had a very nice derriere of all things!
I recently visited an earlier escapee, "The Dreaming Gardener." What a delight to see that the ink line was thinner than I remembered (so delicate!) and that life was real even within the pastoral bliss.
I also caught sight of a couple of Chaos Constructs in bright purple and red. They escaped, too, but that's to be expected... chaos being what it is.
I am a visual person who draws and paints about life, viewing the world from a variety of perspectives. Since I have one foot in civilization and one foot in nature, and my head isn't afraid of deep caverns or dizzying heights, I end up in some pretty interesting places. ~ ~ ~
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