April 01, 2007
Wanted to post the promised landscapes completed last week... well, one is completed, the other, on re-examination, needs a rework and I'll wait until a better day to show it. Above is a reinterpretation of a similar work from around 2001, just wanted to replay the simplicity, which will be emphasized in future efforts.
As mentioned previously, landscapes (especially strongly abstracted versions) are more and more often in my thoughts. I love panoramic views in real life, couldn't get enough of them on my recent Santa Fe trip. I especially enjoy cresting one of our local foothill mountains with the views rippling over distant ridges. And I always claim a window seat on airplanes, and keep my nose pressed to the window as long as the landscape below stays focused.
Actually, I've never given up painting the genre... in all forms from detailed to abstract. Just not with an earnest effort to develop a serious interpretation. An interpretation that becomes a personal style. I hope that will happen this summer. Does that mean I'll quit abstracts, bokushos in particular? Hardly... there are several in progress as we speak. But this time next year, I'll have a better idea of the directional overview.