Painting in the Woods – Day One

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Enveloping, quiet, vivid, comforting, safe

Wow, one bright yellow green leaf !

Gone

Still

Quivering

Momentary

Restful

Light, gentle

Private

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Thoughts on painting in my studio space in the woods.

‘The thingness of the thing.’

1. The feeling tone holds the key to the painting.

2. Content

3. Form, Line, space, color and texture – Do they support the feeling I want?

At the moment of existence, it is what it is.

Feelings ‘predictable. Chances of my feelings at the moment’  Cezanne

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Before I left for an invitational painting workshop in Portland, I cut the canvas for vertical trees, but when I stood in the space in the woods my immediate reaction was this is going to be  a square painting. I went with my first thought.  Square – 4 square canvases, which at the end will work as a set of four. At the end of the day, the painting did not look like how I intended it to be, but it did convey my feeling in this space with the sunlight flickering through the trees.

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#1 acrylic on canvas 32″ x 32″ unfinished

The next morning the painting looked like it had two eyes looking at me so I painted out one of them. Now the painting is split in half. I’ll continue working on it back in the studio at home.

 An exhibition, Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966, is at the de Young Museum. It seems that there is always a prominent vertical line in his paintings, even more so than his horizontal lines. I just noticed that my transitions from picture or blog has verticals, not intentional – just think it is interesting.

A Porkpie Fedora,Wingtips and a Sax Thrown In – San Francisco

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The guy sitting over there on the right. His foot kept bobbing up and down, like it just kept it’s own rhythm with music that filled the room. It was just an ol’ dark shoe with a pointed toe, not new.

About that foot, that shoe. It was more than a dark ol’ shoe. It was full of color and sound, soul.  It didn’t care who was watching.porkpie-fedora-2905

Been thinking about the red hat that came out on stage. I don’t care if you all are in suits and ties and no suits and no ties

without color

I’m red

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I’m big and brassy. I shine. My sound comes from deep within.

Three acrylic paintings size from top on down 14″ x 11″, 18″ x 16″, 14″ x 11″

These paintings were painted January 2013 after hearing McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Joshua Redman and Regina Carter perform with The SFJazz Collective perform at the new San Francisco Jazz Center.

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