Heights and Depths
2019. Acrylic and paper on canvas. 12 x 16 in.
There are paintings that feel to me like I made them in the greatest innocence. Where I experience not a hint of a preconception, and every portion is an exploration of new territory. In this case I was starting with an instrument new to me – a marker I’d filled with a high-flow black acrylic paint – and was just seeing what I might be able to do with it. I then, in the lower right, used another tool somewhat new to me, a brayer, to roll on the gold color. Still with no thought of where it might be going, I used a sponge to bring the viridian from the upper right to the lower left. And slowly, after that, things started to take shape, but all still an experiment – all the way to the end. The “fish” appearing, adding the pink, continuing to whiten the “birds” – it was all the free play of the child. It still gives me pleasure. I don’t know if anyone else would like it, but I do.