Falling – one more time! Yesterday I completed a second painting exploring the feeling of falling and uncertainty. We all have difficult periods in our lives. We feel like everything is spinning out of control, that we live surrounded by choas. You all have heard me comment about my husband’s health problems but I have had two other events over which I have no control. First – my grandson is in the Army and was home on leave for the last week. Today he goes back to Afghanistan. With tensions escalating again that is very scary for a grandmother and is, of course, even worse for my daughter. He has two more months in Afghanistan before he is reassigned to Germany. I feel like these last months are the most dangerous. Secondly, my sister had knee replacement surgery yesterday. I have had double knee replacement and know how painful this surgery is and long it takes to fully recover. The surgery went well and now she can begin the climb to recovery. Anyway this is a very trying period but I know that we all go through them.
Now back to the painting. For this painting I decided to use colors that are dramatic and even a little harsh. Colors that almost shout at you. I simplified the flowing lines to increase the focus on the color. This painting and yesterday’s were both done on a quarter sheet of Langston’s Prestige paper. I have never used this before and I really like the creamy feel and the fact that it doesn’t “hold” buckles and ripples as badly as Arches. This time I KNOW which side is up (thank you to all who offered opinions yesterday!).