Thursday, January 7, 2016

deep purple




Somewhere in December I hit a painting wall, 
so I took some time off, didn't even think about it. 
But I became obsessed with a color--
a deep purply black.

I only saw it in my mind's eye, and I don't know why,
but when I returned to my studio I painted this.


Then this.

I've been painting thicker and faster.

tree bark, Providence Rhode Island

I suppose the lesson is than when stuck
it really can help to step back, take a breath,
to let my mind, and my eyes, 
and my mind's eyes
wander. 








21 comments:

  1. perfect blue painting! Congratulations.

    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Thank you Alicia. Happy New Year to you!

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  2. Hello Jennifer, I had a shock of recognition for your purple-black color scheme, and the moods it can induce. This is often the look of Taipei, where lately it is overcast or raining at least a part of every day, and these hues are even more prominent in the early darkness that falls during winter.
    --Jim

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    1. Oops. See comment below for my reply to you, Jim.

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  3. Oh, Jim that is interesting. Would love to see some pictures of Taipei.

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  4. Wonderful powerful painting, Jen!

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  5. Wow! Jay likes the first one (and he's very particular in his likes) and I prefer the second one. Time to frame and exhibit them. Don't rethink them.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much, Karen, and please thank Jay for me. I'm trying to do less rethinking. It's an easy way to take the life out of a painting!

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  6. Thank you for posting this. I will try to take a breath and look into the world as it is. Your posts are always full of wonder and pleasure.

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    1. What a lovely comment. I truly appreciate it.

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  7. I love these, so moody. And you know how I love deep purple!

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    1. Oh, yes, I was thinking of you and your beautiful plum colored house. I was in Providence recently and saw houses in several lovely muted shades of purple.

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    2. The second one, there in the middle, is that ship in the night...or storm?

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    3. Storm. Though I like the idea of ship. :-)

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  8. I love this new series. There's a lot of force when you hit a wall!! :) xo

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    1. Thanks, Shelley. That means a lot to me.

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  9. The first one is my favourite ever. Being prone to melancholy, it speaks volumes to me (I hope you don't mind this comment!). I can imagine standing in front of it and staring out at the horizon, and it soothing me. Wonderful what stepping back can do! Thank you for sharing what led to these paintings...Joanna (@kikuhouse)

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    1. Oh Joanna, melancholy is my middle name. Lovely comment. Thank you.

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  10. That's a beautiful powerful painting !!
    Greetings

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