This is my first complete piece of 2010, a 30″ wide by 40″ high painting that is tentatively titled Raise Your Eyes. It’s a continuation, of sorts, of my Red Roof series. Instead of focusing on doorless and windowless structures, like many of the other pieces in this series, this painting is actually centered around the multitude of windows and doors present.
It creates very much the same feeling, for me, as the earlier doorless pieces, of solitude and maybe even a bit of alienation within an inhabited space. However, there’s more of a busy feeling as though the windows were actually eyes. It’s that feeling of being on a busy street yet feeling completely anonymous. That’s what I wanted to make the lone tree stand out a bit more as the central voice in this painting, as it stands in relation to the sun.
I painted this with larger brushes than I normally use for this type of painting. It gives the structures and their doors and windows a little rougher, less precise and fussy appearance. It creates a rhythm and motion of its own within the picture.
The central tree is also a bit against type for my work. It’s not the red tree you might normally see. I chose to go with a green leafed tree for this piece, to counter the reds of the roofs. Again, it makes it stand out a bit more
I’ve spent a lot of time looking at this and there are a lot of things that I like about this piece. The size and the warmth of the colors makes it a pretty dynamic piece to view. Hopefully, this is a good start to a good year of painting…