Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Building A Painting

YOU MAY RECALL THIS PAINTING I DID A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK? IF NOT, HERE IS MY CLOSET INSTALLED:



HERE IS MY CLOSET INSTALLED WITH CHOCOLATE MICE SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF IT:



Of course, Chocolate Mice will be just one panel of pastries in its own installation of multiples titled Sweet Choices. Strawberry Tarts or Sweet Choice #1 is a sketch in preparation for pastry panel 2; Chocolate Torte or Sweet Choice #2 is a sketch in preparation for pastry panel 3.The exercise is to help me decide flat paint or textured? Like colorful clothes hanging in a closet "double hung," pastries lined up on shelves is an excellent item (subject) for multiplication installations whereupon grand statements are built one panel at a time. Don't forget that I come to painting from the Design/build business. I love construction, building dimensional structures. I love painting. I am curious to see if I can marry the two disciplines. The truth behind my pastries: Thiebaud wasn't my inspiration, My Closet was--and a pastry shop in Greek town, downtown Detroit.

FALL IS ONE SEGMENT OF FOUR SEASONS:

It's still in progress, but unlike my disastrous first try, I think this one is going to work in the group. While we talk about the trees being on fire during this change of season, color is actually fading from the landscape, growing more pale--especially in sunlight.

8 comments:

  1. Linda, I really like this "Fall." And I enjoy seeing your installations--your paintings become sculpture.

    If you put Chocolate Mice at the bottom of Closet installation, it could change the meaning to "Closet Snacker." These would be fun to play with--a bit like blocks (I have a stash of blocks in my workshop.)

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  2. Thanks Hallie. This Fall seems like a go. Yesterday, I felt successful.

    Very funny Hallie, but Mice will be able to snack on torts and tarts rather than cotton and wools soon. The pastries will be a three stack snack. The interesting challenge that's popped up during this get acquainted period has been how to handle the lighting. This stack painting is more complicated than Closet, I'm dealing with real forms,not just limp sleeves with patterns.

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  3. When I saw My Closet again, I had to come and take a look. Nice to see the collection again. Lovely.

    Good luck with Sweet Choices and Four Seasons. I admire your tenacity.

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  4. Paintings don't come easily to me Evelyn. They never did. It has to do with finding my way as a painter, finding a subject that excites me enough to spend some time on it and the size of the canvas. The larger the canvas, (and I do prefer easel sizes and broad strokes), the more concerned I am with the quality of the finish. All of this may or not be important? Doesn't matter. So far, I do know that I am on the right track and that makes me feel good. My Closet was an important piece for me--and it does have presence. --So did you see the DeKooning Show at the MOMA?

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  5. I love how sculptural those paintings look--it appears you could put it in any configuration and it would look great! Also LOVE the fall painting!

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  6. Thanks Celeste. The pieces can be configured as desired; it makes no difference which order they are in, but I used the blue to connect the panels and to carry the eye up or down the stack. You start moving the blues around and the balance of the whole becomes less pleasing.

    Fall #2 has the right feel as the other two paintings, but I don't get as excited over my Four Season Quadtyck as I do the panels inspired by the clothes hanging in my closet. I'm still in the stage of trying different things with different subjects that can be multiplied.

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  7. I love the closet!!! It really worked out beautifully.

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  8. I did see the DeKooning show. But no photos were allowed. BTW - it was Thiebaud's work that I saw somewhere (if I know where, I'd be able to find the photo) when I thought of you.

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