New Painting|Six Eves Play Hide-and-Go-Seek
I started this painting yesterday morning. I decided to make it a landscape format rather than portrait because the canvas is too tall for my easel. That was the easy step. I then thought: hmm, why don’t I actually paint a landscape. The only time I’d ever painted a landscape from life was in Madrid, eons ago. And I must say that the only landscape surrounding me at the moment is my living room/studio, and the buildings outside. So I figured I’d just have to go with my memory and some imagination. Then this morning, by sheer coincidence and luck, an FB friend of mine, Tim Pieraccini, sent me a video he’d filmed, an interview with Sussex artist Katie Sollohub. The interview was conducted by Robert Cohen.
I had a bit of a eureka moment when I saw one of her landscapes, which was so whimsical, carefree and uninhibited by physics and fact. Immediately I wanted to rush to my own painting (I eventually got to it after sorting my place, picking up a friend, going out for a hearty breakfast, a trip to The Sultan Center, and an episode of The Weakest Link; hey, it is Friday!). Inhibition is a bit of a pesky fly you have to shake off constantly. And this time, it took Katie Sollohub’s painting to help swat it away.