Frank and Hilma at The Guggenheim Museum.
If you can, please go view Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. It’s a wonderful collection of work by a visionary artist ahead of her time. I enjoyed the exhibition a few weeks ago. I also enjoyed the crowds. I found them fascinating, especially contrasted against the bright and minimal lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic building. I’m sure that I spent more time taking photographs of people than looking at the artwork. My apologies to af Klint; it’s only that I saw my next painting within the just-packed-enough museum. Interesting shapes and figures formed complex compositions in the viewfinder, and I knew that I could interpret that back in the studio as a painting. The soft-focus and blurred movements added to what I wanted to say about the location. Though challenging to paint, this piece required a strategy to tell the story yet remain ambiguous in parts. In the end, it wasn’t that difficult and I think there’s a second watercolor coming out of this series. Unless it snows…then I am so there in the landscape.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″