Friday, August 12, 2011

"Blue Note; Surfacing"

"Blue Note; Surfacing"
One day when I was watching the horses graze under the trees, I was intrigued by the play of light and shadow across their backs. The patterns kept shifting with the breeze and the horses languid walk as the looked for the sweetest grass.
The next time I went out to the farm, there they were in their favorite place. The light weaving a wonderful tapestry across them. Tomorrow I would bring a camera.
A few days later a friend of mine looked at the photos. “What are these about?” she asked. I am notorious for taking bad pictures, she thought these were no exception. I explained the light to her, she wasn’t impressed.
Over the next few weeks I used the photos as a rough road map. The murky, slightly out of focus pictures encouraged me to lose and find lines. To allow shapes to emerge and disappear. Layering veils of colour upon colour. To focus on small areas and not lose sight of the “Big Picture”.
That fall she came into the studio and saw the painting. She looked at me and smiled. “I get it now.”

I am proud to announce that this painting is on it's way to the
 Churchill Gallery
No. 6 Inn Street
Newburyport, Mass.

1 comment:

Don Gray said...

Beautiful, Tanner. Thanks for your comments on my blog.