In the studio 2/23/2014

The large (42″ x 68″), unfinished painting is titled Conversation. The smaller (36″ x 48″) painting, Whispers, was finished yesterday.

Two paintings of people talking while outdoors? A coincidence (I think), although I have been surprised in the past on discovering groups of paintings that share the same unplanned theme. A few years ago I was surprised when I realized that all paintings over the previous six months were about people touching and hugging one another. The theme was obvious, so how did I not know? This–unself-conscious themes–is a big subject and I plan to write about it sometime.

In the studio 2/23/2014

In the studio 2/23/2014

My daughter asked me once, “Dad, why do you hold that big stick sometimes when you paint?”

That big stick is my homemade mahl stick, which is actually a broom handle with rags fixed to it with rubber bands. Indispensable, especially for large paintings.

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