Yesterday was exhausting/ My studio air conditioning was malfunctioning and the temperature and humidity kept rising until I gave up around 3:30. I finally broke down and called a friend to get an HVAC technician to address the problem.
spent my day addressing a smaller 36 x 44 inch oil painting of a pool
that I had in progress and also spent a good part of my afternoon
working on a monotype.
The painting is based on
sketches and previously failed paintings of a pool that I photographed
at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts several years ago. One of the things
I am conscious of at the moment is that for a number of years my
paintings have gravitated towards a more representational/descriptive
bent. At the moment I am reacting against that direction and working
towards more emphasis on the abstract movements of paint and color. At
the moment I have a wooded pool, based in observation, but transformed
into a work of fiction. I think water, as depicted here, is inviting.
The foreground trees are clearly creating a separation between the
viewer and the potential experience. Pools are tricky. In this case
there is no one else present. Whose pool is it? If we approach it
uninvited, are we trespassing? I am liking the expressionistic brushwork
that I think lends a poetic climate to the image. Somehow when I look
at this, I feel as though I might be channeling a 19th-century
impressionist from France.
The image in the monotype is in fact from Southern France. I was there a few years ago creating oil studies on paper. The scene is derived from an image I took near Auvillar. It can best be described as a nice, but quaint village. Strangely, the nuclear power plant water cooling tower looms high over the twn and since I have never lived around one myself, its dominant presence attracted me. I am interested here in how we must coexist with the industrial in our landscapes. France is nowhere near as dark as this print. I am not sure this will be the one that I ultimately publish, but I'm going to keep working the image to see where it leads me.