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Aunt Bessie's Garden #2_41 x 51

EnterAunt Bessie’s Garden #2  41 x 51″  watercolor on Yupo

As you can see, I’m continuing to work with the warm end of the color spectrum.  What a joyful experience!  While playing with this particular color combination, magenta haloed by yellow, old memories of my great-aunt Bessie keep coming to mind.  Bessie and her sister Clara lived in a third floor tenement apartment.   Perhaps these colors reminded  me of wallpaper there, or perhaps something else that time has erased from my conscious mind.  Certainly, these old aunts had no garden, so I have painted one for them.

Looking at my own work, I see gentleness, modesty, serenity and balance, my values made into paintings.   Sometimes I think of myself as a reincarnated Chinese gentleman-scholar, brush-painting landscapes.  Imagine an old Chinese painter who has seen the work of Morris Louis, Agnes Martin and Pat Steir, and this scholar in her flowing robes is a woman.

 

 

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