Here at the studio, I am working on a second tessera canvas. This one … pictured above … is still a work in progress, but is nearing completion.
The work is composed primarily of tessera from one painting that was chopped into pieces and reconfigured into an entirely new image, but it is nevertheless a reflection of the original work. Tessera from other paintings have been added, and like bits of memories that we call on to help us when telling a story, the new bits add depth and interest to the original. So too do the traumas, and joys and grief and love that we experience add color and texture to our memories.
While working on this piece, it was struck by how this image is like my interior vision of myself. I always seem to be stitching together a new version of myself to present to the outside world. Whatever it is I piece together might look solid and cohesive, but is in fact cobbled together with bits and pieces that have washed up on the shore of my life. I would suppose that most people find this to be true. But then again, maybe not. Maybe it is just that I have the time to mull over all this existential dreck while cutting up old canvases.
SEAWALL WITH PINES
OIL ON GOLD LEAF 12 X 16
The paint isn’t even dry, but I couldn’t wait to show you all my latest work on gold leaf.
“Seawall with Pines” is a view out over Long Island Sound from Madison, CT.
The effect of painting trees on the gold leaf, is to keep them light and still achieve a sense of solidity. I am doing an entire series of the lives of trees, this being the third. It is a very delicate balance of paint and visible gold leaf that determines the success of each piece.
The first in the series was in my show last December (2009) and sold right away. The second one, along with this one are shown under new work on my web site.
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OIL ON GOLD LEAF 12 X 16
The latest news is that I was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition.
Not too shabby, as it is a national competition with gazillions of entries!!! It is so rewarding to have such positive reenforcement at that level.
The piece that was recognized is, “The Pumpkin Patch”. Done last year in oil on gold leaf, it is a view of the pumpkin patch along Nod Road in Simsbury, CT. I have always loved the tree that stands sentinel over the field, and this wide view of the tree in all the glorious array of autumn, is especially effective with the gold leaf giving it a glow through the paint.
The work is in a private collection, but keep checking the website for further gold leaf pieces under “New Work” or “Oil on Metal Leaf”
p.s. If you click on the image you will get an enlarged view of the piece.
AN EXAMINATION OF SUNLIGHT ON CYPRESS
OIL 24 X 20
The latest work to be added to a private collection is this Tuscan landscape, called “An Examination of Sunlight on Cypress”
The piece has been with Camilla Richman’s Fine Art in Osterville, MA. Through her it has been sold to a private collector on the Cape, and I am thrilled that my work has found a new audience.
This landscape has long been one of my favorites. The cypress, olives and fading horizon, all evoke a landscape that is timeless.
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