The Artwork of Michael Divine




Back to Painting

September 29th, 2009

Getting back to painting after a long summer into autumn of movement – travel and events and hiking and playing and moving and everything! Everything! And lots of it. Now all those impressions – of wide open endless blue skies and crystalline peaks and red rock canyons and canyonlands and a recent trip to the Sonoma coastline for a wedding of lovingly soft magnitude with crashing waves and tall trees and moving trucks and boxes and going through it all and plants and succulents and flowers and trees and now, living in Costa Mesa, having moved from San Diego. Now, so Violet can go to grad school at UCIrvine and I have a new studio with a new view and the new home has gone from empty echoing space to unpacked and unboxed arrangements to finer tuning of decorativeness, like putting those sweet little peaks and touches on a painting to make it glow – make it live and be alive. A painting: in one morning without a plan I started it – dots and slight brush strokes on an uneven canvas surface with an undercoating of light purple covering a painting created during a class taken in Santa Monica about four years ago. The canvas has been moving with me too long now and would never be shown. There is a two move limit to all supplies: either they are used, declared finished, or passed onwards – the canvas was never declared “complete” nor was it ever to be displayed so it was gessoed over with a light purple/gesso mixture, the purple being the second (after the neon green) tub of paint I grabbed out of the wicker IKEA drawer. The large woman lying nude on the divan whose eyes were dark half moons and whose folds were laid bare and fleshy has been replaced with sparkling stars, planes, glazes and wings… it is the beginning of a larger focus. It is impressions of a summer. It is me, growing. I fly. I move onwards. Bright colors, Blue skies. Wings and cliffs. And endlessness. Into the broader strokes, the precise focus. The point.

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