new small painting
Although it is new, this small painting (12" square) is related to the white series that I worked on through out much of 2009. It's not exactly white-white--more of a warm, off white, with hints of other colors. This is what I've enjoyed about these paintings--the many variations of white that can be layered and juxtaposed for a depth and subtlety.
Now that the world outside is white--glaringly so--most of my recent paintings lean toward strong, bright color. Odd how that works. I've always noticed a tendency toward red when it is freezing outside. Maybe because of the importance of the glowing wood stove in my studio?
In the past couple of days, painting has been disrupted by the holiday season--I've been baking and putting some packages together to send to friends and relatives. Until this week, aside from cookie-baking, I have given it all minimal thought though--keeping it simple, my goal every year! It seems like the best way to preserve a bit of the wonder and good cheer that is the best part of the season.