by Yvonne Callaway
I was highly productive at the beginning of the pandemic: 25 works completed in 3.5 months. Apparently change is a great instigator for new work. It was a great high! But after that, bupkiss. July to December only one small work.
In mid-January I challenged myself to work s-l-o-w-l-y, very slowly, in a series, with (for me) soft colours. Take Me Home was the calm, soothing result.
After easing the pace I moved on to Take Me Home Too. Similar conceit but simplified. I tried for colour masses a la Wolf Kahn but managed to add texture anyway–old habits die hard.
I’m not at all sure about Take Me Home III. It follows the “trail” of the first two in its own way. Yet it took three times as much time to complete. It has about 16 layers of paint with colours changing like mad. The night I “finished” it I thought the triangle trees too intrusive. Next morning I liked them against the pale curdled sky. I can’t trust my own reactions just now.
At this point it rests. Maybe twill stay as is, maybe I rework the trees to soft cotton candy puffs. Don’t know, time may tell. I will (try to) relax, reflect and leave the damn canvas alone for a while!
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