I've been having a few more of the works on paper framed from my September residency in Catalonia. This is Ruin
, mixed media on paper, 12.5"x10." It's inspired by the old abandoned barns and houses in the village and here and there around Farrera, where I was staying. These old, collapsed structures of wood and stone were not the eyesores we might consider them here, but seemed instead to be gracefully returning to the elements. I loved their complex, weathered textures, and the contrast between their sunlit exteriors and the dark interiors, a jumble of slate and beams. In abstracted form, this is the visual impression I took away with me, and it has found its way into a number of recent paintings.