This 28” X 36” unstretched canvas was placed face-down on my drawing table and covered with plastic. Flipping it over, I had written: “Spring ’03”, and, “Flight to Heaven”, an unfinished message that has cushioned the drawing surface for more than 10 years.
Recently I took another look. The abstracted layers of water and radiations of sun seem to splash against the summer sea. I like that its beams are cheerful and bright. At half-point a bird angles through the atmospheric barriers. I wonder through what tests a soul must pass before ascending to heaven.
October is a good time to start a painting. My gardens are quiet and the season will soon turn inward. Winter awaits and I have the inspiration to tackle this image that once stopped me. I am sure something wants to be unravelled here.
I would like to document the progress of this painting, regardless of whether I come to understand it. If you would be interested in seeing how the piece develops over time, here we go with Step #1:
Step One: The image reproduced on the stretched canvas, in attempt to retain some of the major linear movements, colors and shapes.
With resources no more recent than my original image, I stretched and gessoed a 20” X 32” canvas (different in proportion from the original), added the suggested colour shapes, and coordinated a few of the major linear movements. The original had embedded string lines along the wave tips but I now prefer that texture be earned and not assumed. Retaining the light fresh feeling while keeping the weighty idea will be enough for now.
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