Friday, November 19, 2010

Wind

Another subject that keeps coming up in my paintings is the wind. I've had strong feelings about breezes and wind all my life, particularly as it affects trees and grass around me. I immediately relate to human beings who have sensed a presence, a deity, in the air. Few things exhilerate me like a blustery sunny day in autumn.

But I'm never remotely satisfied with the results of my various attempts. Some have been pretty wretched, in fact. This is the latest, and it's not so much done as I'm done with it. It's overworked and scrubbed, in person. I had to fuss too much to find it. Completed (or worn out) in August.

I expect this to come back again. Maybe next time I can do better with it - get closer to what I mean, to what I feel, and handle it more spontaneously, with the paint handled more rapidly and with more confidence. Lay it on and leave it...

4 comments:

Summer Skeeter said...

The first thing I thought when I saw this was, yes, that's exactly what it looks like. As though I had met that breeze in passing. It's not today's wind, but I recognized it in your image nonetheless. I also thought maybe there was a bit of self portraiture afoot in the shaping? I could easily imagine this painting as one of your sighs. It has a bit of your profile, it seems. I look forward to seeing later attempts as well. Maybe they will be more orange?

linda said...

i think you are hard on your work as i really like this....granted i saw bones and ribs and the spine, rather solid, but that's where my head's at...when i blew this up and looked at it bigger, i thought it fabulous....a few more and you will be painting tornadoes and hurricanes! have a good holiday!

susan said...

Considering the amorphous nature of your subject, I think you've done a very good job of capturing the concept. The harmonious yet interrupted flows of shape and subtle shading are quite beautiful. Unlike the other elements we can only see air by its result on our surroundings. I'll look forward to seeing your next attempt.

the GyPsY said...

I agree with Susan. It's a very sufist thing, too, I once sat at the beach during a wind storm and I could actually feel the wind whirling inside my body, as I inhaled, it felt cool, fresh, invigorating. I have attempted to reach that state again several times, but I have failed so far. Waiting to see your next attempt.