I'm pleased with the way this painting finally came together. With so many uncoordinated thoughts going on, establishing unity becomes quite the challenge. Perhaps it speaks to our multi-tasking way of life, always an interruption demanding our attention elsewhere. At one point I turned to my cache of inked papers from last year's bokusho paintings and began wondering how they might interact. I don't want to repeat those paintings, but I don't want to deny them either. A few squares positioned themselves front and center and seemed meant to be. A few more translucent color coats and it was a done deal. I like the counterpoint of the side supporters... a little competitive yet staying in harmony.
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I'm not a big holiday person... my friend Patti was really into Christmas and there's no doubt that this was the most appropriate time for her to gather her loved ones to mix and mingle. But between the reality of loss and my normal, annual anxiety at this time of year, it's just best I hunker down in the studio and wait for the new year to turn the page.
Thanks to all who left comments over the last few posts... it really helps to know you guys are out there and understanding. I wish you all the best of the season... enjoy it with children if at all possible. They are the promise of Christmas, they are the ones who delicately hold all our hopes and dreams...