December 01, 2006

Black Friday

Bukusho-Kuro (black) 36x36

Trying to tie up loose ends in the studio... I've a lot of near-finished work propped around the house, upstairs and down, needing finishing glazes, wiring, documenting... could be the show prep is much further along than I thought. But I can't slow down, with a second show a couple of months after the Feb exhibition, I don't dare. In a sour mood today, the usual holiday depression thing, so working randomly, actually being able to call several paintings finished, is a good way to hide from the world.

An accidental choice to show this painting... expresses my mood. Maybe I should title it 'Black Friday' since that's the traditional onset of my annual BahHumbug attitude. I'll try to behave myself and not spoil the holidays for everyone else... grumble, grumble...

Anyway, I like this one, merging circles with layered squares... works for me. It's not always easy to make these paintings actually show something more than orderliness. That can be pretty dull after a bit and dull isn't what I'm reaching for.

5 comments:

Martha Marshall said...

This is wonderful Karen! I would love to be at one of your upcoming shows.

Hey welcome to the Bah Humbug club. It's a general interruption of the creative process for me. My kids and grands know it and it doesn't bother them. They'd rather watch me paint anyway.

Annette said...

Yep, this one works as "Black Friday" -- a day of mixed emotions in the retail world where there's always hope for celebration of being "in the black, not in the red" at the end of the day! There is both positive and negative energy in this piece. I suspect it has amazing texture.

KJ said...

Thanks, gals... I wonder that the holidays continue to spiral into bigger and more,more,more, with so many being turned off by it all.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Yule-o-phobe too.
If this is Black Friday, that's the day I love. I find this a profound piece: the circling and the brushstrokes I find contemplative. It matches my current mood too.

Anonymous said...

Your work is stunning. Consider me a new fan.