Oil on canvas, 12x12, $100
A year or so ago, I bought a painting by Patrice Lynne Young, a Georgia artist whose work I love. It was a painting of lavender fields rolling off to mountains in the background. I loved the painting and still do, and I look at it every day and appreciate it.
A year ago, in my show at the Wallkill River School, Shawn Dell Joyce and I demonstrated our painting techniques. I demonstrated palette-knife painting, using Patrice's painting for inspiration.
The painting here is the painting I started during that demo.
I began it and then invited people watching to participate, and lo and behold, they did! They all had fun, and for the most part, made marks that made sense in terms of the painting. A couple really didn't, and so I never finished the painting, never knew what to do with it.
But it has intrigued me for a year, and I have looked at it for a year, and so, one day last week, I pulled it out and went to town.
I guess it's fair to say that this is my painting - but it is my painting based on a painting by an artist whose work I love, and a painting informed and helped along by friends and strangers. And so, it is very much like life.
My show this year at the Wallkill River School - titled Rough at Hand, from a poem by Robert Hegge - is Saturday, Feb. 5 (not the 12th, as I had originally thought). Please save the date, and please come to the opening from 5-7 p.m. I will have new work, small work, big work, and exciting work! I think you will love seeing it in person, so please come, say hi, and let me thank you in person for your support.
Rough at Hand
Love is like a landscape which doth stand,
Smooth at a distance, rough at hand...
- Robert Hegge