Several months ago my work took a new direction. Actually it was not my work that took a new direction it was my intentions that changed. The sequence of change went something like this: Christopher Schink was working on an article about styles and interpretation and asked a number of painters to create a painting based on a photograph of a barn. My choice was to create the a feeling of a barn rather than recording the visual facts of a barn. The essence of barns, for me, is a busy, place filled with unusual smells, equipment, sounds , and mystery.
So, for my contribution to the article I would paint these sensations and not an imatation.
As is often the case awarenesses show up when I am encaged making painting decisions. While painting this image I connected with sensations I find most attractive in the work of many great artist that have been absent in much of my latest work. Mystery, quietness, intimacy is the qualities to which I refer. Somehow the feelings I most admire had been forsaken in favor of more intellectual pursuits.
“It Happen” is the last painting I did before “Texture of Rural”. Now, I do not apologize for this more abstract piece of work. I believe that every painting done contributes to an artist ever evolveing process. It is very possible that what fascinated me now is an outgrowth of what has gone before.
What followed was a series of images based on emotional responses to ordinary subject.
Most of these images originated in my mind from places I know. I am not a plein air painter and find that being on location creates one thing-confusion.
P.S. Thank you Priscilla for reminding me to post something on my blog. I will try to do better. Skip