A new painting was begun. Its intent is twofold: First (and foremost), to continue my revolution in the act of painting, i.e. to paint as I draw, and Second, to make a painting for the upcoming exhibition at my local, Lyme, New Hampshire gallery, Long River Studios. The exhibition is entitled, "Sight & Sound", which is explained on its announcement post card (the post card uses an image of mine)—see the post card below my drawing from yesterday. Indubitably, the new painting is called "Sight & Sound". So far the making of this painting has felt good. I painted with an open spirit, allowing my interaction with the unfolding objectives of the painting to dominate my decsion-making. As usual, the results were unexpected, and they do not feel as novel, or as radical, as I believe will come in future paintings. The major success of my actions, thus far, are me acting intuitively, and spontaneously, in search of solutions. I am not dictating my interests beyond the first impulse to find a way to introduce sound into the painting. I plainly accomplished the "Sound" by painting a French Horn.
I leave you today with a late painting by Vincent van Gogh. I know little about this painting, except two things: (1) It spontaneously, and intuitively, sings the knowledge of a painter at the top of his game (I am jealous, and am working to know as much), and (2) This painting was owned by the actress Elizabeth Taylor, and it was recently auctioned at Christie's in London. Most amazing to me in this painting is van Gogh's control of value and color. He accomplished a grand animation through subtle contrasts in the values of color, both local and atmospheric.
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