The Elegance of Weeds.
I'm always struck by the beauty of a tangle of weeds on the side of the road or in a vacant lot. Some of my favorite flowers are considered nothing more than weeds. Queen Anne's Lace. Mountain Mint. Joe-Pye Weed. Ironweed. These are photos of a work in progress. It's going to be watercolor, coffee, pencil and pen on paper.
3/19/15 1:12 a.m. (2015), Watercolor and Pencil on Paper
Sometimes in the middle of the night if I'm wide awake and can't sleep, I go out and do pencil sketches of the shadows on my front porch. The shadows are always different, depending on the light of the moon and the time of night, the different vegetation that's in season and the strength of the streetlight through the trees. But it's always the only time in all the day when the whole world is quiet and peaceful. This one is from early spring 2015.
I've been working on this, off and on, for a couple of months now. I've gotten fed up and torn it down couple of times, but keep rebuilding and coming back to it. The image in my head is a beachscape. I was on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina last September/October as Hurricane Joaquin came through and what it left on the beach was beautiful and messy and, well, very textural. It's going to be a diptych, each piece fairly large (30" x 48"), the two parts of the painting playing off each other, bouncing back and forth. Again working with color, texture, shadows, light and dark, metal, paper. We'll see where it goes....
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