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Monday, February 11, 2008
  new painting
After an excellent week for painting I have been looking at everything that is done or nearly so, and seeing changes, similarities and directions. This painting, Aerugo (42"x48" oil on panel) is quite similar to Rust, finished a couple of weeks ago. I had actually meant for them to be a diptych, or to join them into one large painting, but this was not to be. They moved in different directions, in spite of color similarities. Aerugo has a more tactile surface, texture formed by paint layers that have not been smoothed over to flat in the way I do with most of my work. I am enjoying the energy of this effect. Rust has a quieter, more meditative feel than this one, but both have intense reds...and maybe meditative isn't the right word...how quiet can red actually be? I've been really enjoying heaping on this vibrant color in contrast to the bleak outdoors.

I also see that I'm moving away from the emphatically vertical compositions of the past year or two, such as recent paintings Ghost and Sanctuary. I still have several of my Vertical series in progress, but most of the other multiple panel works are closer to square. Why this is so, I can only guess that for now I have mined the possibilities of that format.
 
Comments:
Wonderful painting. I like the tension of it very much.

I think it is wonderful to go with the flow with your work. I, too, find myself working on several series at a time.

Thanks!
 
What a beautiful piece! I love the brilliant colors that almost pop out at you. I agree with Kim and I also like the tension.
 
Thanks to both of you for your comments...I am happy with this one...
 
Love it.......and loved squares myself for a long time. Depending on the emphasis, you can think, vertical or horizontal.
 
Hi Rebecca,
I admit I am a blogger virgin! I've periodically checked your blog and have enjoyed reading about your process, personal comments and more. Also, congratulations on your success at Darnell! It's encouraging to see an artist I have met continue to grow creatively and professionally - and retain their integrity. I look to you as a model! My best,
Christine
 
Thanks Cheryl! And Christine, welcome to the blogosphere and thanks so much for your comments. We will have to get together again some time in "real life!"
 
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