Study For Spring
oil on panel 8" x 10"
Balance and freedom of handling the paint are the two strongest elements and, along with a high keyed color scheme, seem to battle and complement each other almost simultaneously. I will do these paintings because they force me back into the most elemental quality of painting - allowing or even insisting that I constantly consider only the needs of the painting - only what is needed to make the work complete. It is intuitive as well as a measure of all I have seen up to that point - it allows me to escape the tyrrany of the subject - after all, every painting, no matter what style or subject, is first and foremost an arrangement of shape, space, color, and a process toward understanding.