REQUIEM AND REBIRTH

Posted by Jack on August 26th, 2008 filed in About Ann

That unappreciated landscape discussed in our posting of late June as “A Near Death Experience” turned out not to have much second wind.  Ann tolerated it for a few weeks as a disruptive influence in her studio, perhaps in the belief that she might learn to live with it if only as an item of pity.  Then one day in late July she gleefully coated the painting with an intensely opaque coat of ochre, providing herself with a new (though now well-coated) expanse of linen for something quite different.

The landscape had endured a long, painful gestation with much rearrangement of trees and mountains, of constantly changing color patterns, of resetting the source of light.  Nothing worked to her satisfaction over a period of many weeks.  Though others who saw the painting found substantial merit in the work, Ann took great pride and pleasure in painting it out.  Easily a hundred hours of diligent work not to mention a tidy investment in pigments were happily erased in minutes.

What followed was nothing short of a creative assault, a fury of painting.  As though toiling in righteous  vengeance, Ann was at work in her studio early in the day and still painting well past the time she should be meditating over a glass of zinfandel at the hour of sunset. (Bear in mind these were the long days of a Northwest summer.) She attacked this new composition assertively, determined to show this bit of canvas who was boss.  Many of Ann’s atmospheric abstracts develop thoughtfully over leisurely time through a period of evolving shape, form and color, a continuing metamorphosis.  This new work took shape quickly and the palette was not one that slowly evolved but leapt into form from the first brush strokes.  The painting was finished in a week. Perhaps it is not the best she has ever done, but it is certainly among her real triumphs.  It is bold and visceral with color contrasts she doesn’t often use.  It is very successful, a maturely realized work of art.  She calls it “Sundance”.  When her new camera arrives there may be a worthy image of Sundance in these postings.  

 

 

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