It’s been good to stretch myself out on this large (unframed size 28 x 36″) Tidepool piece, the first of what may become a series. Painting the unpaintable is what it felt like,.
I relied only on a fairly rough oil sketch and some pencil ideas for the design, which is what most of the painting ended up being about. From there it’s been a matter of adjusting things until they looked close to the way I wanted.
I’ve often found it to be a remarkably thoughtful experience to just sit in a place such as this, there are plenty of opportunities to do so in Hawai’i, and take in the indescribable concentration of energy and life that is here. The colors are wonderful; every sense, really, is able to partake of such an experience, the sound and smells also, even the moisture against one’s skin, and I suppose that it hints at bigger things, questions of creation and how small a thing each one of us, in a sense, is. All of this beauty and mystery occurs independent of us, whether we notice or not…imagine how much does escape our notice.
So now to practical matters. I have a couple days to finish work on the frame before it gets hung. Gallery at Ward Centre, after Friday the 29th, it will be on display. Come see.