What I at some point thought of as two paintings while having only the slight possibility of a diptych at the back of my mind, did indeed end up as one very large painting - the biggest I have ever produced (36 x 72") - and while each panel CAN stand alone, they work so much better together. But it did involve changing the first panel somewhat from what I posted the last time as the two panels kept talking to each other and discussing the best way of co-operating in order to form a cohesive whole; many options and layers were tried out until they finally found the end result you see above.
It represents six weeks of work and I am very relieved that I was able to finish it to my satisfaction despite my current physical limitations, even if it was a bit slow going and I am still paying the price for it; it'll be included in my up-coming solo show in Richmond, BC., and it should do well as the centerpiece I needed for that particular space. The show is curated by the Richmond Art Gallery for their "Galleria" at Richmond City Hall and will be from April 24 till June 11, 2018. So now I can relax: all the paintings are done and only the practical details like signing, wiring etc. are left to do, and even if those things are more time consuming than one would think - especially the writing, promoting and recording tasks - the paintings are still the most important by far.
And now I feel that I need to take a break from painting for a while - a time to rest, evaluate, re-charge and consider what I am doing and why, as well as where to go from here; from time to time it seems that a certain road has reached the end and kind of dissolves into too many faint tracks without any of them being the obvious way to go, making it all look a bit murky and depressing. I have been here before and hope that it will be a temporary pause as usual, but we will see - maybe a new direction is needed? And in the meantime a major clean-up of the studio is sorely needed - as is dealing with numerous other domestic (and otherwise) chores waiting in the wings! And I'm happy to say, that the two most pressing and unpleasant ones have now been dealt with ----- but there are plenty more!
But at least now we are half way through February and though it is still cold and wet most of the time it is lighter, and signs of approaching Spring are all around if you look carefully: my snowdrops are in full flower, the early crocuses are flowering in some spots, though mine are not - just the leaves are up - and when the sun makes a brief appearance you can feel the warmth on your face - and it feels sooo good! Up in the park buds are beginning to swell and a few early brave bushes already have tiny green leaves; and in one of the tall trees down by the Dyke there is definite activity in the large eagle's nest - it has been there for years - and the other day I saw a white head poking up above the rim while another Bald Eagle was keeping watch from a nearby branch, so they must be nesting.
All positive and encouraging with the indication of things to come - I just hope that we won't have to wait too long!