These two came home to me from the gallery in Chicago that represented me for several years. It was a very enjoyable association. The owner once told me that she would never carry abstract art, but sadly, she has been forced to as that is what people want to buy. It is called “wall decoration”, now, not art. I suspect this comes from HGTV, with every single show selling pretty much the same look. Stylish, certainly, but also generic. Paintings, if the designers use them at all, are mere smears of color, as if to actually look at a painting would require entirely too much time and effort. Well ok. By contrast I just watched “Monuments Men”, about the effort to save art toward the end of WWII. Wow! What a beautiful movie. I found it deeply moving that a group of men would risk their lives to save art. Granted it was great art. But I couldn’t help thinking that when Rembrandt was painting his self-portrait, he wasn’t thinking that one day it would be considered a masterpiece worthy of going to war over. It is an intimidating thought.
Anyway, when these two came home I studied them and thought they could use some tweaking. I wanted to blue the grasses on the far side of the water and warm up the vegetation in the forerground. Both of these were very dark before. Now I wonder if they aren’t too bright and busy. Hmmm. Another thing I notice about both of them, from pretty much the same spot at Spring Bluff, is that they are composed of bands going across the canvas. When reading a post from Rick Braveheart’s excellent blog, I was reminded that one should lead the eye into the scene. Here I seem to be saying, “Look, but don’t come in.”
In any event they are off to another gallery tomorrow so I’ll varnish them tomorrow and move on to new canvases, bearing in mind what I’ve learned.