There are new paintings in my studio but they are all still very unfinished. It’s been a long time since I’ve shown any images of my own work on this blog, so tonight I am posting a picture of one of my new paintings in progress…
I am what is around me.
Women understand this.
One is not duchess
A hundred yards from a carriage.
These, then are portraits:
A black vestibule;
A high bed sheltered by curtains.
These are merely instances.
–from my own tattered copy of Wallace Stevens, The Collected Poems, page 86
Vintage Books, New York, copyright 1982
One of the very first posts on this blog had a picture of two paintings I was making based on the same composition from a Matisse painting. I went to Helsinki and the paintings stayed behind, unfinished.
Since I have been home, I’ve been working on these paintings again. Yesterday I glazed the entire surface of one of the paintings with Gamblin Permanent Green Light, making it nearly impossible to look at, much less photograph.
I’m not quite finished, but I am posting some in progress detail shots and one sorry photo of the entire painting as it stands today.
As a disclaimer to those that have never seen any of my work in person, sometimes there is so much detail in my work that images of the overall painting completely fall flat. The work feels and looks miles apart from these pictures!
The point of this post is to show how drastically one of my paintings can change over time. The first detail is from a few weeks ago for contrast.
And here is the painting in its entirety (with a heavy glare from the wet oil paint). The painting is monochromatic now and it is green. However, it is an array of varying shades of green that simply don’t register at all with my camera.
Jessica, 2011, oil on panel, 7 x 5″
Yesterday I found an old scrap of paper with the heading, “Potential Painting Titles.” First on the list was the title of this post, Dolphins are the Hippies of the Ocean. There were lots of other gems, all poking fun at my innate proclivity for psychedelia. Clearly, I’m not fighting the urge right now.
I’m still working through a figurative phase. This little portrait is of my dear friend, fellow painter and the co-author of “Potential Painting Titles,” Jessica.