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05 October 2009

Building a series

Moving along on the second painting of the 3 boats. Above is the second progress shot. The first was on Oct 2. On this painting I used photos instead of an oil study. It certainly sent my work in a more detailed direction. Fine. I was ambivalent about key. Darker or lighter, darker or lighter. Sometimes it's tough to stick to my decisions. I'm sort of an I Ching painter. John Cage and Merce Cunningham influenced my choreographer identity. This boat series is drawing from those days. Positioning the shapes in space. All day and night, these boats are moving, changing direction, sustaining tension against their mooring lines, rocking with the passing wakes, responding to wind and tide.
This is the third shot in progress. Thanks for stopping by.

4 comments:

Kathy said...

I really love these boats. I'm not sure which I like better. The yellow in the first one is really arresting and I think I prefer it. Although the clear line of the bottom left boat in the second one is also lovely. Wonderful work!

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

Thanks Kathy. I agree with the response to the yellow. And yet I kept covering it up with paint. Go figure.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

As you know, I'm a big fan of underpainting.

Jill Berry said...

Thanks for sharing about building a series, and the variety of possibilities within the subject!
Interesting to see the structure of your work.