I have been a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox. Yesterday's loss, which was the last in an astonishing series of losses in September, has resulted in Boston's failure to proceed into post season play. September was truly miserable for the Red Sox, and all their fans, who patiently watched them fail. My September has been very good. Yesterday I sent to the publisher my advertising post card, with the painting "Pond" on one side and "Pulling Onions" on the other. It will be published on October 19. If you wish a copy, send me an email using the link on my web site, MEHRBACH.com.
In yesterday's blog I posted four drawings, all studies for the new painting, "Holding Rock." Yesterday, in the studio, I made a fifth study, and I began the new painting. At this point "Holding Rock" looks like a drawing. I used only black and white paint for this first sketch on the canvas. I like this start. It is a complex composition, thus the lack of color as I figure out the structure. When I began I thought there would be more room in the painting for landscape-like elements, similar to the last study posted in yesterday's blog. The painting's requirements took over and I gave in. This is wise, but it also leaves the door open for other versions of this idea. Another painting, in early days of process, hangs on my painting wall, "Flood #1." I designated that painting "#1" knowing there will be more versions of the same idea. If I make a second "Holding Rock" I will need to designate the one began yesterday as "#1." More important, I am beginning to bring large abstract forms into my paintings. If you go into my web site, and visit Bio in Pictures, you will see a few of my abstract three-dementional works from early in my career. My newest paintings are bringing back knowledge obtained in earlier efforts. This feels right and good.
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