Untitled (1 5 21)
January 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 11 x 14 in.
I really love this painting. I finished it maybe five weeks ago, but I began it months before that, in 2020. It started with just the scaffolding of the black line, as my pieces so often do, and that part went quickly. But I looked at it for a long time before deciding on my next moves. It then fell into place just click-click-click, with no fussing.
I actually started three canvases in almost the same way at that same time, and they all resolved quite differently; I’ll post the other two sometime soon.
Anyway, the straight-ahead orange and yellow with the pastel turquoise please me, as does the handling of the small yellow figure at the bottom right and its connection to its uncolored echo in the upper mid left. Simple elements in balanced yet restless relation. Altogether abstract and yet mysteriously familiar, pleasurably resonant of something that actually doesn’t exist. This satisfies me.