Even though it’s been a year of seasons I think of it as the Covid Winter. It started in the cold of 2020 & here we are in the snows of February. I went from small pictures to big. I went with the ebb & flow of images & impulses. I logic-ed nothing. I sourced from wherever, letting the sky fall & fall, falling into the pictures.
In May I painted Valentine from Doodle Beach, an homage to my love of old style, lacy valentines. I made up the lace as I went and added inserts of roses and bits of the sea. It was quite painstaking to do but I relished its wonky filigree.
Valentine from Doodle Beach
2020 24 X 33 oil on wood
And then I painted a golden tree (from a dream) in a land of pink. Pinked seagrass, pink reflections and blush drenched sky.
2020 36 X 48 oil on panel
That summer my son & I had read The King of Elflands’s Daughter. I asked him what I should paint next and he suggested the time in the story when Elfland recedes, leaving a barren landscape behind.
2020 24 x 36 oil on panel
Of course then I needed to paint the moment the magic comes rushing back in.
2020 33 1/2 X 40 1/2 oil on metal blackboard & painted wood frame
The next picture has two of my favorite things…..the sea & a falling down house. It involved two different kinds of architecture, that of the human kind and that of the fluid organic kind. I thought it might prove difficult but it somehow danced its way to completion as though it had no need of me.
2020 48 x 48 oil on panel
This is my fan art picture. It’s the result of watching My Octopus Teacher. The octopus isn’t there, only the scent of her passage through the kelp forest, rendered in pink.
2020 36 X 48 (2 panels)
After visiting my brother and sister-in-law at Buzzard’s Bay I came home full of glorious vistas. I pressed them together in a panorama from dawn to dusk……beginning with dawn and melting through the sun of midday into the fading of dusk.
It’s now November.
I Love You America
2020 40 X 80 oil on 2 panels
Then I went a bit nutty and got even bigger and more free form. This picture doesn’t really have a name, only a nick name:It’s now November.
Float Fly Swim
2020 48 X 96 oil on 2 panels
And then winter wherein an image that kept plaguing me and I finally gave in and painted it.
2020 each 30 X 40 oil on 2 panels
So now it’s Valentine’s Day. Yesterday I got my first vaccine shot at a Brooklyn highschool. Suddenly I feel more hopeful. I’m planning an illustrated book.
I’m looking forward to light and more light.