Out of the Canyon
2022. Acrylic, charcoal, collage on canvas. 12 x 12 in.
Hello, dear art friends. I did not go away forever, as you can see. I knew I’d be back, when the time was right.
I last posted in April, at the time of the group show Wonder Valley Friends at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. The show went quite well, with satisfying response and sales. But that month I lost someone very dear to me, suddenly, in an especially difficult and life-changing way. The repercussions have been many, with the uncoilings of lifetimes.
So I will re-start today with this: Out of the Canyon, a collage on canvas completed last July.
I hiked in and out of many a canyon with my departed friend. Our walks in the natural world had no beginning and no end; they were a continuum, always picking up where we’d left off on our floating journey, a magical swim through an amniotic wild. We were both comfortable, in our natural element, and at the same time utterly transported.
A few months ago, when October was at its most golden, sublime brilliance, I hiked alone and realized that our walks together had never failed to bring the precious combination that now seems harder to achieve: transcendence, challenge, and sharing.
Were these thoughts conscious in my mind as I started work on this painting? No, but these feelings, as well as more complicated ones, began to surface as the title of the work emerged, quietly, during the process.
The technique carried it all along, a technique typical of the way I had begun working just over a year ago: translucent paper collage over acrylic and, in this case, charcoal, on roughly textured canvas.
All the new works I’d exhibited in the April 2022 show used this same technique and I’ve continued working this way, though some changes are starting to leak in. More about that to come. Right now, I’m just happy to be back. I missed you.