Size: 9"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
12" x 16"
Acrylic on canvas
One of my rare forays into abstraction.
With echoes of Frank Lloyd Wright in its panel-like, angular layout, Cubism Dream attempts to bridge the gap between the interior and exterior. The vertical and horizontal lines frame a whitewashed landscape of linear fields and sky, the horizon broken by the virtual leading of imaginary glass, dividing and subdividing the viewer's perspective. An almost art deco treatment in it's pale white rendering.
My first love has always been landscapes. My parents took my sister and I to Paris when we were around 14 or 15. Of course the city was amazing, but our one short trip to the Louvre...just blew me away. I say short, because any trip to the Louvre is too short. We spent the entire day there and probably saw a quarter of what they had to offer. That moment when you're standing back from a painting and it looks like you're there. And then you step forward a foot or two and you notice the trees aren't quite trees. And then another step forward and you see the sky is a spray of color, not soft clouds scudding across azure. So you have to go right up to the canvas, nearly touching it with your nose and inspect the brushwork, the bristles of the instrument apparent in the pigment and see the rocks and the grass for what they are - brilliant, almost random flecks of inspiration, mere motes of oils and painstakingly ground minerals, put there by a person, and you think, "I can do that..."