|Summer Shade, 2008 - 2012, 36" x 36", Acrylic on Gallery Stretched canvas.|
|The reference photograph taken in late August, 2008|
Then early Monday morning, full of remorse for not leaving well enough alone, I was out with it in the yard at six with my denatured alcohol, scrub brush and power washer shooting off my latest angst. Lo and behold newer parts melded with older parts leaving the feeling I was after.The painting felt the way I felt the day I took the photo. I put a refresher coat of paint on the edges, varnished it and hung it on the wall. Under the spots, it's gorgeous. The painting is alive with emotion and a wild mix of Bachelor Buttons, Goldenrod and Queen Ann's Lace blooming in deep shade in late August. It makes Winter look sick. The two are not good companions.
|Winter hanging next to Summer Shade on my observation wall.|
Summer Shade is made up of many layers of under-paintings applied brushstroke after brushstroke, forever drawing and correcting, that built up a rough texture. Scrubbing those layers with denatured alcohol revealed the painting's history. It's a rich one. Here are some details of the surface. I figure if I cut this canvas up, I'd have four decent abstracts. Not a chance in hell! The painting came too hard.
FOOTNOTE: I was going to change the title of Summer Shade to The Summer After--suggesting there was a serious impetus for this painting, but it emerged beautifully. In its darkness, rich with colors, it's a bit awesome--which probably means it stinks if that's what the artist thinks.