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Crowded House

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.

“There is one thing I think realism is definitely not, though it is often confused with it, and that is a technique. Technique is a skill you can learn so you don’t have to respond to what you are looking at, you don’t have to be inquisitive about it. If something is real to you, the question becomes, not How do I do that, but What is this phenomenon I’m perceiving?”—Rackstraw Downes

January 2019
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