I continue to surprise myself. For a couple weeks I have been playing around with the idea of a man on a rock with an unusual flying insect menacingly hovering above him. The painting, with this theme, began yesterday. It surprised me because it is taking its own route, different from my original vision, different from my drawings. I am allowing the painting to invent itself, with me as conduit, not as illustrator, of the image. The canvas is large (the photo shows I am having trouble evenly lighting such a large canvas). Tomorrow I will tell you the exact dimensions. Today I will just keep going, letting myself interact with the image being formed in front of me. I also want to return to, and finish, "Pulling Onions." It is time for me to gather together the work of the past year and market it. This will begin with a post card of "Pond" on one side, and "Pulling Onions" on the other. When it is done I will post it here and you may request one be sent to you. Look for this mid-October.
The new painting is entitled "Balancing." It is a return to personal mythology. It reflects my feeling for the precarious state of today's world. Each of us being required to make great efforts to remain "balanced" while threats surround us.
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