|Desert Spring 8 x 10 inches pastel on linen laid on wood|
the delight you bring
your blooms unfold
and sustain me through the cold
|an early stage of the painting in progress|
After a time of stop and go in between the buzz of lawn workers manicuring lawns nearby I videoed the beginning of this painting. I planned to make a video demonstration of me creating this painting but I had to keep pausing because of the noise outside my window. During one of the pauses to wait to let the noise of lawn machines subside I watched the first video section. There is a point in the video (see image below) where I could discern distinct shapes that were very interesting and I thought of how the painting could be simplified down to that. I gave up creating a video, as it seemed all of my neighbors were having their lawns done today. But as I continued to work on the painting I tried to keep it simple. I no longer looked at the reference photo. I worked intuitively and relied on memory - what I felt and sensed when I was actually in this place, the desert on the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nevada, mingled with my interaction with the painting as it unfolded. It is a cold day today and I thought of how the colors and blooms of spring help sustain me through the cold of Spring.
|pastels used in this painting|