|"Fertile Ground", acrylic on 16" x 8" canvas|
A couple was lying in the grass. Their world was one another.
The happenings of a festival surrounded them - people walked back and forth, a band played on the stage.
The activity meant nothing to them, or everything. It framed their moment, and this moment was all there was.
"So I'll be king and you'll be queen
Our kingdom's gonna be this little patch of green.."
James Taylor understands moments like this:
This is only the second "serious" painting I have done in acrylics since I first picked them up after dabbling with them many years ago.
Here is what I love about acrylics: the opportunity to use impasto, to leave brush strokes in the painting; to feel like I am molding form, and to control the vividness and vitality of my color without effort.
To paint the figures, I purposely followed the procedure of laying in the darks first, then the lights, and finally the middle tones. At first this system felt mechanical - awkward - but once I got to the middle tones, and then began editing back and forth, I felt free and creative.
I am working on my next acrylic painting, which would be done except for an error I need to correct (which could take as long as the rest of the painting took - who knows?) I painted this next one in a completely different way. I am also painting in watercolors, and drawing in ink, and doing ink and watercolors. I am always sketching people around me.
The ground feels fertile, and the grass is indeed green. Each moment painting is a magical moment.
And I am grateful for these moments.