Thursday, January 22, 2009
"New Mexico Reflections" oil on canvas, 30 x 24
I finally finished this painting for yet another entry into one of the National exhibitions coming up this year. As I was nearing completion, I realized that I had probably been working on this painting for probably more than a year, at least in my mind. Growing up in New Mexico, I have always loved the late September days moving into early October. Those days, the last of the wild sunflowers bloom by the roadsides, the wild asters start popping up here and there; even the chamisa provides the landscape with a carpet of yellow. Its a beautiful time of year. I could envision a painting with bright sunflowers and wild asters against a back drop of a Navajo rug and maybe a piece of pueblo pottery. So began the quest for the items to include in the painting. I found the pottery here in Vermont, the rug at another shop, the blue jug somewhere else. Once the elements in the painting were together, I actually began working on the composition in my studio. I have no idea if the painting will make it into this show, I certainly hope so. No matter the outcome though, the learning and sheer enjoyment of putting this piece together is the true reward.