It's been suggested that I work larger. In response, this 3' x 4' painting was started. Anticipating that it would take many long sittings to complete, time spent ruminating, working out what was inside, finding ways of laying it down in color and form, I decided to call it "Contemplation."
So far, my ruminations have not been peaceful, my head full of conflicting conversations. This seems to be the way people communicate nowadays, through "dis-course." Someone makes a statement, then the next person does their best to discount the first’s point. The first person's statement, like the beauty of a single pure color, is hacked and overlaid by an opposing expression, trying to cancel out or out-shout the first.
And that’s why this painting, so far, is layer upon layer of opposing color in vigorous strokes.
What will happen when the whole canvas is crammed and buzzing with a chaotic din? Where do we go then, as a whole, to achieve collective meaning?
How sweet it is to float among the water lilies on Ball Pond, here in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Some leaves lie flat on the water, like the Spatterdock, while the edges of some leaves cup upwards, as with these pink water lilies. - Nancy Boudreau
This is an acrylic painting on gessoed mat board, approximately 5" x 7" signed and dated with the above comments on the back.
In 1997, I wrote and illustrated a short book of poetry, obtusely titled "N". Though I don't feel the poems are worthy of sharing here on blog, the illustrations are quite fine and suitable for show, each one being a delicately wrought miniature in color pencil, 2" x 3".
Today's image, was was drawn with ball point pen, highlighter and WhiteOut on a laminated 2" x 3" PostIt Note. Used as a bookmark in the original, hand bound copy of "N", it too has a poem, handwritten on the back.