One Painting, Medium Rare.

Some weeks ago, a good friend from college stopped by for a visit to my studio while in town (first time in years) for a wedding. As she was looking through some of what I’d been working on of late, she came across the beginnings of a painting that she really liked. Right then and there she said that she wanted it when it was done and a week later sent a generous deposit although price was never discussed. I immediately felt the stress. While I generally prefer simplicity in life (and in art), I have discovered in myself what feels like (whether true or not) a tendency to overdo and complicate when it comes to painting. This painting had just begun and knowing that a large part of what its future owner was responding to was its simplicity, I was more than a little concerned about the ability to maintain that simplicity while realizing whatever artistic integrity I might think I have. Another friend recently reminded me that the way I came to terms with not going as far as is often the case was to think of the painting as one would a steak, ie. cooked to “medium-rare.” This realization that I didn’t have to make all paintings well-done, has made it much easier to consider a painting complete. A welcome development, indeed.

This is what she saw …

Big Little Box beginnings

This is what she got …

Big Little Box on a Hillside | 24 x 33in Acrylic, tempera, pencil on panel | 2014.