Details of a work in progress…
In the studio, pushing paint around and breathing the sweet smell of oil paint, I thought about this work in progress like a chef might think about cooking. All the mixing and “tasting” of colors, all the tiny shifts of “flavor” with a slight increase of one color into another, is like preparing a gourmet meal. The preparation of a particular color to lay along-side another color already up on the canvas is like stirring in one ingredient into another and hoping the mix is just right.
Leading a brush loaded with color and drawing a “bead” is a thrilling experience. The neighboring colors create a delicious contrast that is enormously satisfying. Sometimes one of the colors has to shift in tone or change completely to fit into the whole. The process is not discouraging. It is endlessly fascinating to see how the slightest change of one shade or color can bring the entire work into completeness.
Over the years of blending and mixing colors, I have had the personal criteria that the work must “sing” when finished. As I move ahead with “My Israel My Palestine” the bits and pieces on the canvas must come into perfect harmony for the work to “sing.”