Monday, March 28, 2011

Figures in the middle ground...

I have been making progress, though the figures remain incomplete, lacking a few glazes and definition of form.  The idea is to embed figures in the environment (and the mottled background paint film), to emphasize our relationship with the natural world, as the literal ground of our being--coupled with social interactions and familial relationships, friendships, etc.  

Larger figures in the foreground will be slightly higher in contrast and detail, though I am not intending to overly illustrate individuals, per se, nor contemporary dress, etc.  I am content to have body language carry the message of healthy families and children (and a few dogs), as well as those who have gone before us.  

Monday, March 14, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011


I have just started laying in the treelines, branches and basic divisions of light.  Figures are coming soon.  So much more to go!

This panel is destined for the 2nd floor landing at the top of a grand staircase.  I want a sense of expansive openness to characterize the piece AND for it to include images suggesting collaboration, interdependency, legacy, inheritance, social and biological continuity.  The trees are far from finished, but I am thinking they may abstractly contribute to the sense of the web connecting individuals, of what sharing existence is all about.  Of course there are to be human figures in the lower half, perhaps less densely, "unpacking" some of the them as shown in the proposal.

I hope the committee and others might weighs in on the issue.   In the meantime I intend to enrich the landscape elements, add foliage to the trees and begin to compose the smaller, more distant figures.

Monday, March 7, 2011

First week of March

The canvas for the 2nd story stairwell is grounded with color and ready to receive further imagery.  Photos by María Isabel Piñas Espigulé.