Almost always I work on two paintings in tandem and they have a conversation of sorts.
These two paintings illustrate this in the most obvious way. The dishevelled books in the first painting make me feel tense, scattered and hectic. The second painting is calm, organized and relaxed. States of being.
I found this chair a few years ago at Everything Old — an amazing antique shop on Vancouver Island. It was white and obviously sat in a shed or garage for a few decades. I cleaned it up and painted it black — the simple and basic design has set a perfect contrast against the wall, the varied golden pages of the books pop out.
I haven’t painted or drawn figuratively since my student days. I took to painting objects and still life and rolled with it for many years.
Perhaps one day I’ll return to painting people, but for now chairs are as close as I get.
Chairs suggest a figure. Their design suggest a purpose, a form, femininity or masculinity. They have a definite silhouette which is important in my paintings. They give a sense of space, an interior. You can imagine a person, perhaps even yourself, in the space of the chair.
After hosting visiting family for summer adventures, I’ve been enjoying quiet time in the studio and focussing on getting paintings complete. These will be part of my October 13 – November 14 exhibition in New York.
Sometimes I get so hung up on social media that I forget that my real goal is to make paintings, not constantly share in the river of images.