Monday, February 7, 2011
It's a Jungle Out There
I said it years ago--way before Randy Newman wrote the theme song for Monk. I said it way back when Saks Fifth Avenue was on Lothrup in the new center area in Detroit where I bought my jungle pith helmet. The sun hat said what I thought. The painting, with its dense foliage, says what I think about the world outside my house too. The woods is a barrier--but an attractive one. Not quite a jungle, but not a garden either. It's wild.
It was wild in the world this week--a jungle: The situation in Egypt, (sorry about your trip Barbara)--the horrible winter weather over the US--the devastating cyclone that hit Queensland were the hot topics at our house. Bad news abounds out there. Good news is rarely reported. To keep spirits up, I stay away from newspapers and news forecasts. They're slanted. They're sensationalized. Bad news sells better than good. I don't stick my head into the sand to avoid reality,I just like it fair and balanced. I read the news magazines for a straighter scoop.
The scoop on my Four Seasons series, now that Summer Woods is as good as it's going to get,is I'm doing Get Acquainted sketches in prep for the next one. Just two this last week Fall and Winter, I wanted to finish Summer--plus with the weather beings so horrible, it was cool painting Summer while winter was raging on the other side of the window. There's balance for you.
My Get Acquainted sketches are not necessarily what the paintings will look like. Doing them, I'm familiarizing myself with strategic points and planes. I'll use my photographs when I start the actual paintings. That way, I'll still be approaching the subject fresh.
Meanwhile I'm still searching for the right photos--ones that fit the dab/dot style.
Of these Get Acquainteds, I like Winter the best--but as a kick off for a larger canvas. The Fall thumbnail would suit the series best. The Four Seasons series is being done on 20 by 20s--too small for wide sweeps of color.
So, how do you like to get the news? TV? Newspapers? News magazines? Has the news turned you off of getting the news? Am I the only one who thinks the media and their quest is the reason a lot of folks think its a jungle out there, not just Monk?