These are the latest in the Vertical series, #7, 82"x12" and #8, 12"x81." The one on the left developed with a coppery combination of reds, oranges and greens. In the right hand painting, the colors are more subtle and earthy with small areas of intense red/orange. (I mention this because it is hard to see all the detail in the photos. But clicking on the image will give you a better idea.) I expect to ship both of these to my Santa Fe gallery, Darnell Fine Art
, within the next few days.
That's the happy part...on the other hand I spent eight hours on a painting yesterday that I had considered nearly finished, and in the end I consigned it to the recycling pile (I don't actually give up on anything, just rework the panels in a different format.) "Trust in the process" is a useful phrase for me at such times...to keep in mind that nothing is really lost even on the most frustrating days. Though at times yesterday I veered close, very close to something I really liked, each time I kept going. I could see that there was still something clumsy about the arrangement, something dull about the color, that made me want to push on. For hours and hours.
At one point the painting itself launched an attack...the top panel fell off the wall onto my face, cutting my upper lip. Pain and swelling ensued. Was that perhaps a message that it was time to quit...?