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The glimpse…as a teaser

October 4, 2018

Seeing a slice or a hint of something is often more intriguing than getting a full-blown view of it. I think that’s why I’m more drawn to abstract art than I am to representational work.  It’s open ended.

Even around 1430, Cennini was suggesting that the mystery in the unseen , the glimpse, was appealing:

“Mystery is the art of eliciting unseen things hidden in the shadow of natural ones… and serving to demonstrate as real the things that are not.”

The Craftsman’s Handbook by Cennino Cennini, about 1430

Love that idea! And I’m suggesting that glimpses, hinting at the unseen, offer a jump start into finding personal meaning in a work of art. It might be a shape reminder, a color that ignites a response, a bit of an image that allows you to fill in around it out of your own imagination.

Where I started with this train of thought was sitting in my front courtyard, behind the shade:

It felt a little bit like paradise because I couldn’t see all of the surrounding stuff. And that led me back to a painting series I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. I hadn’t been able to describe what I liked about painting these pieces. But now I think it’s about the suggestions of meaning on the surface of the painting, housed in marks, shapes, symbols, etc. To me they are teasing out interpretations from everyone looking at the paintings. It’s a collection of possibilities.

Below are a couple of paintings from the series:

Lost to interpretation
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5

Lullaby
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5

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