“night’s starred face” 30×30″
The title is taken directly from my favorite John Keats poem, “When I have Fears that I may cease to be” first seen in 1818. “When I behold, upon the night’s starred face, huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, and think that I may never live to trace, their shadows with the magic hand of chance;” and it goes on. Everyone take a minute and google it, it’s short, and stretches your mind.
Yesterday I drove down to Provincetown to visit with Stephen M. Briscoe, Gallery Director of Larkin Gallery on Commercial in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I brought seven of my Portraits and Landscapes and had a wonderful conversation with Stephen about painting and the bustling art scene in Provincetown. Larkin Gallery has a talented and eclectic group of artists on display. I was inspired by all of their work.
I also arrived two hours before schedule to take a nice long walk on the beach, of course. I mean, Provincetown, gorgeous beaches. The featured photos are details from my walk. The last photo is a detail of the portrait ‘Missy’. You might be able to catch a little bit of where my inspiration comes from when concocting the abstract backgrounds for my portraits.
I’ve been working away in my studio and I thought I might show you some recent ongoing paintings. The photo below is a detail from the one above. The rest are similar, painting underway and details below them. On a side note, it’s been snowing here, and my studio is mighty cold in the morning – like, see my breath cold. I usually sit in my chair with many many layers on, waiting for my hands to warm up before I start my day. It’s a good time to look and reflect on work. Plus, I’m looking forward to including the snowy landscapes in future paintings. It’s very Wyeth out these days on the farm.