A second Frank and Hilma at The Guggenheim Museum.
As a painter, I find it’s necessary to fall in love with your subject, whether it’s a particularly interesting tree or someone who has stepped in front of my camera lens. I get to know them by studying body language and examining clothing and accessories. I am sure that in real life, however, every person would have a very different story than the one I have invented on my sheet of Arches paper. But that is ok—for this purpose I look for groupings and situations where one figure melds into another and distinctions between each figure do not really matter. The more legs and arms and black jeans the better. I prefer to let the light and shadows define each form. This is how I paint a landscape from natural scenes, and this interior grouping from The Guggenheim Museum works the same way for me.
Glossy, reflective floors, white-walled galleries, hair and fur and denim, leather bags and booties—what fun it has been to make some sense out of all these things. Not to mention painting little tiny Hilma af Klint pieces—I considered all of this as part of a small reality of a time and place in this watercolor.
Where’s the snow? And please go see this exhibit if you can.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″