This is my newest painting, called Raku, as it evokes for me the colors and heat of the raku clay firing I observed and wrote about back in July. It's a bit unusual in a couple of ways, in relation to my other work. First--I haven't done any strongly horizontal paintings for several years, but this one evolved rather decisively in that direction. I painted the outer two panels first, and considered that they might work as individual, single-panel paintings. Then I found I liked them best in this position, framing the central dark panel and the small glowing orange/red one.
The other thing that's a bit unusual about this painting is that there is a line drawing in the center panel of an object, a vessel. I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm starting to use some simple, but representational line drawings in my work. I'm not sure what to say about this right now, other than it is an idea that seems to hold interesting potential.
There is a lot of surface texture and nuance not visible in the photo--it's a big piece, 84" long, and this is just a quick picture I took before carting it off to the woodshop to be bolted together. That's where it is now, and I'm planning to send it off to Wilde Meyer Gallery