No painting is an island — good follows bad follows good. I’m doing two paintings a day at ANE. Sometimes the morning’s is best, sometimes the afternoon’s. Everything is either 8×10 or 9×12 inches. Sometimes the small one is better, sometimes the large one. In my mind’s ear I keep hearing George Nick say, “I doubt the tree looked like that. The sky was not that dark. I don’t believe the grass was that color.” Et cetera. I’m showing them all here because mistakes teach more than successes.
I’m taking a non-photographic approach, doing color maps, completing each one in two or three hour sessions. Influences are Fairfield Porter, Matisse, Bonnard, Morandi, Sargent, Nell Blaine, Gwen John. The paintings are souvenirs of summer in Bennington. Needless to say, the snap shot photos in the field are terrible but serve the immediate purpose.
ABOVE: Spruce, oil on linen panel, 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm), 7/28/11
Red House, 9 x 12 inches (23 x 31 cm), 7/28/11