Painting is the pattern of one’s own nervous system being projected on canvas.
I am still in the midst of processing this new painting for myself, trying to determine what it is saying to me. For now, I am calling this 16″ by 20″ canvas Sustenance. There is something about the pattern of the sky filled with rays containing smaller strokes that remind me of surging atoms. Maybe it’s my own nervous system being projected as Bacon says above or maybe it is an energy that feeds everything. The ubiquitous energy that transforms into vibrant, richly colored life.
I am still not sure.
You might notice that this is not a Red Tree. Yes, this is the rare Green Tree. Coming to the end of this painting, I decided on green as a contrast to the reds and oranges I had used for the land around the tree. It just felt right from a design standpoint and I think it works here.
It has emerged better than I had originally thought it might when I was working on it. But, as I said, I am still taking this in. There are a lot of things in this simple painting that speak to me but I still can’t exactly put them into words.
And I kind of like that it doesn’t have an obvious read for me, that it leaves me without words. So, I will stop now and just try to figure out what those words are…