Wednesday, February 4, 2009
A Casual Conversation
Acrylic on board, 6 3/8" x 9 3/8"
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It is remarkable how freeing time, distance and a feeble memory can be.
The reference for this painting was a photo I took maybe 30 years ago. I couldn't even remember where the place was. This I found curiously liberating. There was no compunction to be "true" to the scene, since the scene didn't really exist for me, except for a little faded photograph and the vaguest recollection of taking it. So I drew freely, altered proportions here and there, imagined color and did a lot of editing of elements in the interest of trying to create a good, self-contained painting.
I tried to recall why I was compelled to take the photo in the first place. Most likely it was because of that steep pointed roof and its echoing shadow, which still excites me 30 years later.
Perhaps too because of that certain kind of light you get in this country on a sunny day in earliest spring, just before the greening comes.