This collection aims to be a reminder of the importance of those we hold dearest, and also a stark warning of the fragility of life. Straddling the lines of portraiture and intimate reflection, this series aspires to be both tribute and testament, a meditation on the effects of loss and devastation experienced by countless people who faced or are facing the horrors of terrorism and war.
Oil and Steel mix
From every place we stood with our easels and brushes this past week, we can confidently state that NYC lacked nothing compared to other places considered sacred by oil painters. In this city, where skyscrapers of glass and steel cage the sky, we discovered a treasure trove of painting subjects. Anyone captivated by the intricacies of urban landscapes could revel in the ever-shifting hues and forms carouseling in front of our eyes.
Before our trip, mentioning our intention to paint on-site amidst the lofty buildings raised a few eyebrows. New York City doesn't initially fit the usual idea of a painter's paradise, which typically includes places in Italy and France. However, as soon as the oil touched our boards, it became clear that there was no more fitting stage for our painting antics.
As we stand at the threshold of our painting week in the kaleidoscope of inspiration that is NYC, our painter’s pulse picks up, excited to become one with our surroundings but also a bit fidgety about conveying its lifeblood in our work with our oils.
The Stories in Each Brushstroke
Packing our brushes for the palette exploration, we started reflecting on how our strokes will turn out this time, wondering what we want them to do but what they’ll end up doing on their own, knowing that each gesture has a different possibility of dialoguing with the city, each delicate choice an opportunity to define the stories our paintings will tell. It’s daunting and exhilarating at the same time. How do we want our paintings to reflect the essence of this landscape, squeezing movement, light, and architecture?
Energies in Conversation: A Midsummer Epilogue
We feel our time in the enchanting magic of A Midsummer Night's Dream, painting the play from life in Griffith Park a couple of weeks ago, primed us for the extended painting sessions we’ve planned for this trip, a departure from our familiar rhythm. We stand prepared for the tete-a-tete with buildings, humans, and nature colliding, allowing its electric, dreamy, and mercurial energies creep up our easels. Our experience is more than what the palette and the brush end up defining, though. It's an in-group exploration, a ceremonial ode to in-person, hands-on creativity, and an invitation to absorb the city's multifaceted heart through painting. We’re so excited for it.
A New Painter’s Tale
The city's rhythm and the expectation to visually represent it become increasingly tangible as we move closer to the beginning of our new chapter in oil. We're looking forward to sharing and conversing with the painters joining us to find the inspiration to stand up to the task.