Wednesday, August 05, 2009
american goldfinch no. 529
this is my first piece for nahcotta's 6th enormous tiny show! it was inspired by my family's elderly neighbor mrs blake in maine. when she passed on she left my family her bird books chronicling her sitings in the seacoast new england area from the 1920's onward. fascinating! i love her perfect penmanship with notes of places i know-- "large flock at seapoint beach".
i'm experimenting here trying to combine my more intuitive painting style alongside a more planned out composition. it's been a bit of a struggle and growing pains honestly, but it's good to be back in the studio sweating it out. painting is my medicine. and as i read recently somewhere "you learn how to make the work by making the work" and there's no getting around that one.