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A New Painting and Collecting Symbols

July 23, 2010

“Haiku 73″ – Acrylic on Panel, 8 x 8 x 2”

All of these new paintings are available on my website.

This is one of the last three of the paintings I’ve been working on over the past two weeks. As I said, it’s always nice to have several going. It turns out that I got stuck on three of them, with no possibility of pushing ahead with them at the time. I simply had to put them aside to think about them.

Of course there have been distractions with my energies going toward the gardening and canning. But still, when the paintings are working, they don’t require a lot of time. All they require is that they “work.”

It’s a good feeling to know that I don’t have any deadlines and that I’m just working on building my studio inventory. That allows me a little more room to play.

Collecting Symbols

Since my work is nonobjective, in order to incorporate symbolism in my work I will need to tread carefully. But I do have some ideas how to do that. More in future posts about this.

Do you work with personal symbols? Would you care to share your thoughts about your symbols?

I feel strongly pulled toward working with images that deal with the little microcosm in my immediate surroundings. I don’t use any chemicals on my garden, so insects are plentiful. There are many kinds of bumblebees and plenty of honey bees. There are lady bugs and great big ants, and wasps and several kinds of caterpillars. At a time when we need to keep a balance in the insect population, this pleases me no end.

I believe that balance is playing itself out in my garden, because I’ve had no insect problems to speak of at all. There’s the occasional bite taken out of a pepper or a tomato, but I’m glad to share a little of my harvest. There hasn’t been any appreciable loss from the bugs.

I will not use any type of herbicide in my yard either. The weeding has been a lot of work, but after all, I don’t want to contribute to the growing problem of herbicide resistance. That would be even worse.

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  1. July 26, 2010 10:38 am

    I don’t currently use any symbols in my work but it’s an interesting concept, and I appreciate the incorporation of symbols in others’ art.

    Speaking of interest, there’s some neat texture in this painting, a bit different from what I usually see in your art. And I like the layering effects of color, from opaque to transparent.

    I’m with you on the “no chemicals” rule in the garden or yard. Seems if we grow only native plants, we shouldn’t have problems with bugs, theoretically.

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