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Sunday, January 30, 2011
  another round

I am working on several large pieces to take to a new gallery in Toronto, and cycling once again through creation and destruction...a surface on one that just yesterday was quite beautiful, is tonight nothing but an uninteresting mess. All the grace and promise gone, and nothing to do but start again tomorrow.

I'm thinking about the famous quote from Pablo Picasso: “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” The surfaces of my paintings are formed by many acts of destruction, and are impossible for me to create any other way. It is by scraping, dissolving, and painting over many layers that rich, evocative textures and colors are achieved. So I suppose it makes as much sense to welcome the next stage of the painting I was working on tonight as to mourn any perceived loss.

I tell myself this as I wait for the wrenching frustration I experienced leaving the studio tonight to subside...knowing that the glimpse I had of the painting's potential still lives in my mind, and in whatever traces of that image are left in its current muddy state. The journey will continue, and there will be good days and not so good days until the painting is done.

As I left the studio tonight, I marveled that anything I paint actually does ever get finished. But hanging near my door are quite a few paintings ready to be sent to my galleries, reassuring proof that I do reach "done" on a regular basis. (The small painting above, Timanfaya #3, 12"x12", will be on it's way to Darnell Fine Art in Santa Fe this week.)
 
Comments:
I am LOVING everything about this painting. In fact, if I could, I would fly to Santa Fe to visit it!
 
Thank you Seth, it is one of my own favorites..by the way that is volcanic sand in the upper part (mixed with cold wax medium.) I really like the texture it makes.
 
Beautiful painting.

Good luck and congratulations on the Toronto gallery. I'm from Toronto (though I now live in Germany) and I do miss its thriving art scene: so many wonderful smaller galleries offering a variety of excellent paintings and photography and sculpture. Is it in the Queen St. West area, do you know?
 
Love this one Rebecca.
 
Thanks Lynn and Liz! the Toronto gallery--I'm not sure where it is in the city. It is Gallery 133 on Castlefield Ave--I think a bit outside the regular art districts (?)I will see it in March when I deliver the new work...
 
great and amazing work!!!
really love it!
 
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