Maturity is that time when the mirrors in our mind turn to windows and instead of seeing the reflection of ourselves we see others.
This is a new piece for my West End Gallery show, Islander, that opens on July 26th. I am calling this painting, a 12″ by 36″ canvas, Mirrors and Windows.
It didn’t start with this title or the quote cited above in mind but as it progressed the lakes and sun/moon (your choice, although I am personally seeing a sun here) began to remind me of mirrors and the blocks of the field reminded me of windows. The terrain took on a pop or cartoon-like quality as though I were looking at a wavy building with curving windows and mirrors attached to its side. The vibrant colors really accentuated this feeling.
I found myself looking at this piece quite often in the studio, trying to ascertain what it was that was pulling me in. As I looked, I began to be more aware of the road running through which signified to me our life’s journey. We spend our lives looking in mirrors and out windows, living in reflections of ourselves and the outer world.
There must be some perfect balance in this. Somewhere. Somehow. And maybe that is what the quote at the top here infers, that we reach a point where we know who and what we are and turn away from mirrors and begin to look for windows in which we can expand our vision of the outer world and gain greater wisdom.
Perhaps this message is too much to ask from a painting that at first speaks with the look of a comic book. I guess you should judge a book by the cover…