Tuesday, December 06, 2011
The Cold Storyteller - in progress
Of course there will always be other subject matter, but to become really proficient, repetitive work has to take place until water almost forms itself without a lot of thought from me.
This is the first few layers of a new piece, 11" x 14" in oils. The surface of water can be so rich in movement and colour and texture. There is so much symbolism in a painting of just water, with no reference to land or person or plant.
My daily work deals with death and life and water is a strong element in both. I know it intimately in many ways and see many things in a water surface. Water is a cold storyteller, and holds a hundred thousand stories, not all of them pleasant.