Always, however, there was the lamentable lower left corner. Then one fall day in Paris during 2012, I found its present occupant. His hat and hoodie seemed an incarnation of Trayvon Martin. And, as the situation in Ferguson developed last summer, I redesigned the painting to make room for this young man.
Blue Apollo (2015 State,) oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, copyright ©2015
The background behind “Trayvon” as well as the paving in the foreground (which now includes shadows) were, however, significantly changed. (The two paintings are perhaps not as different in tone and value as these reproductions might appear since the “2002 state,” which of course no longer exists, is represented by a digital version of its original slide.)
Picasso once characterized a painting as “une somme de déstructions.” Painters are aware of this on more than one level. For me, the fact that each touch of the brush invokes a loss of paint beneath retards progress. In this case, however, “Trayvon” moved quickly from France to the US–although the shifts in his painted “environment” took several weeks.
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The “Site” has been quiescent for awhile. This is, in part, because I’ve been making new paintings. “Power Struggle,” oil on canvas, 32″ x 42,” 2014, was circulated as a Christmas card. There are half a dozen more works now ready for posting. I plan to get them up at 30-day intervals and will alert regular recipients by email when they are ready for viewing. (Meanwhile, of course, you’re always welcome to browse! Purchases are possible through Sisko Gallery 206-283-2998.)
3 Responses to “BLUE APOLLO”
March 19, 2015 at 2:57 am
Wowzer Sue, that took a lot of guts to update a painting after so long. There is serious tension between the figures and the viewer now. Everybody is looking at Trayvon and he is looking at YOU. Congratulations!
Amy Hagopian says:
March 19, 2015 at 8:14 pm
What a difference the corner makes. It’s remarkable how wet it all looks–that must be hard to do. I love this painting.
March 20, 2015 at 4:25 am