Saturday, March 20, 2010
I told you I was obsessed!
I woke up yesterday consumed with the obsession to paint the upstairs landing. I couldn't think of doing anything else, and, in fact remained obsessed with it until it was done.
I haven't been that consumed with an image since I had to paint "The Youngest Groomsman," and that was two years ago. Since then, I have created a lot of things, both painted and woven, but they were created because of curiosity, demand, or love of the process, not compulsion. I wish I could have this passion for every painting and weaving I do.
There are a number of things I love about this image. I love the light contrast. I love the almost monochromaticism, which admits just a few touches of color here and there. I love the geometry of it; the rectangles that dance around each other. I do know that it breaks the 'nothing smack in the center' rule, but that doesn't bother me. Sometimes I just have to break a rule or two! Mostly, I think I love the starkness of it; the obvious 'Arts and Crafts old house' look. That look requires the warm dim lighting and the starkness that I see here. (I also enjoyed painting one of my tapestries, "Aspen Autumn.")
Now I need a title. I have thought of "The Weaver's Hallway," "Light at the top of the Stairs," "Landing Light,"..... I don't like any of them. They all sound like something else. I usually have no trouble with titles. Another word for hallway or landing is 'threshold.' What about "The Threshold?" Or just "Morning light?" ( which is probably in the list of top title's for artwork, but maybe for good reason - artists like light!) I could call it "The Weaver's House 1," but that would presume there will be more in a series... and maybe there will be, but maybe not, too. I have been wanting to paint some interiors for quite some time.
Well, enough. If you have a good title suggestion, let me know! In the meantime I have more 'interior painting' to do; not in the studio, but in the dining room. Jim, the dry-waller, finished his part on the ceiling repair yesterday. I told my husband that I will "Sistine Chapel" it, and I think he's worried enough that I mean it to help (aka supervise) the job along.
The painting is 12x16" on canvas.