On Monday evenings I have a group that comes and paints or draws here. I offer support and advice but usually no planned lessons.
Last night we drew from a model, (my exchange student Lorenza – who did a great job!) with the idea of preparing to paint from a model next time.
These are a couple of my quick sketches of Lory.
This week I dropped off this large tryptic and 5 other paintings to the wonderful Renjeau Gallery in Natick MA.
Now I’ve begun to initiate 6 new “Wave” paintings. I have become fascinated by the relationship between our Selves and the ocean. The emotions that we have towards water and how water seems to mirror our moods. We are water for the most part. We need water. We love water and we fear water.
I am an open water swimmer and know many great swimmers who have a fear of swimming in the ocean. When I assure them that the water is safe (no sharks) they still have that undefined fear that keeps them swimming back and forth following a black line instead of out in the sunshine with all the wonderful variables of nature. It’s that fear I wonder about. For me, most of the time, it’s an undefined desire, a longing to be out there. I hope my paintings will explore and communicate about these things.
Part of that exploration is about the translucent nature of water. Seeing through a medium, into the depth or beyond the veil elicits something in us. I think these paintings will share some qualities with my Pear series where I render translucent material over organic form.