Instead I decided to make a small series out of an image that I had been obsessing over for some weeks. A while back I found myself sitting at a coffee shop called Crema, here in Portland. There are several chairs and a couch which face a massive window in the front which overlooks the harbor. I felt drawn to the power lines across the street. The light was dim that day as the sky was overcast. It hearkened back to the days sitting in coffee shops in Seattle. As I was sitting looking out the window I noticed a plane landing. Suddenly I felt very much in tune with the aircraft which were taking off and landing far more frequently than I had ever noticed. I thought back to living in my old house where I could feel the planes as they started to come into the runway. The silhouette of the plane seemed so powerful to me and yet so small against the vastness that was the sky. It's a simple image really, but one that I've been obsessed with since.
I started drawing the scene over and over again on small pieces of wood. Several of the resulting pieces I then glued down to the surfaces of my three All Small pieces.
The second piece started out very graphic. I had several diagonals which opposed the wood block that I had glued down to the surface. I was working with those geometric pieces for a bit until I realized that I absolutely loathed them. I then started to lay a lot of paint over top. The piece became one solid color. I then started splattering and painting very gesturally over top. I was quite pleased with the result even if I keep looking at the piece and wondering if there shouldn't be more to it.
10 X 10 Brunswick. I determined that the painterly and the more graphic would balance out nicely, and I think that it does.
The pieces don't feel like my usual imagery or like they fall into my usual visual tropes. It was an extremely liberating process to work on these pieces. Hopefully I can loosen up even more in the coming months. I feel like I am finally feeling more interested in the act of painting than I am in trying to push some false agenda on the work. I wonder how that will effect the viewing experience of my work.