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
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.