Last week I was able to paint a bit outside of the studio.
I am always amazed at the transformation that occurs within a space with just a few gallons of paint and some sweat. The colors we used were warm and rich. This color was called Antiquarian Brown or something like that. I call it Yummy Spicy Burnt Pumpkin!
The space being painted was at Bridging the Gap, the local food pantry (and a whole lot more) and also the space where I'll be able to have the Open Studio (I'm thinking about calling it Art on First Avenue, please give me some feedback on the name and feel free to suggest more) when the time comes. Back in the day, the place was a local bar and if these scarred walls could talk, I would sit and listen to their stories and try not to blush.
Painting and pondering go together, of course, and last week gave me time to ponder a studio painting that was having a hard time getting finished. I just couldn't get a hold of its story.
Last night, I finished.
|Painting the Town Red|
mixed media on canvas, 36x36
I love the contrast of the messy, drippy abstract background against the detailed street painter who is trying his best to repaint his city with a fresh, new coat of paint. He is undaunted by the task and I am inspired by his determination.
"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. "
Isak Dinesen, storyteller