Friday, May 9, 2008

So much for figures

Some new paintings are in the works since I can't paint the figure right now. I am trying to work through a lot of different things. Some very very personal, some on a more aesthetic level. Either way, every day in the studio seems to be a fight or battle of some sort.

I don't quite understand why I can get more work accomplished when there is a personal crisis, but I suppose that I should be happy that I have an outlet.

The first piece, Lonely Chair, was done shortly after visiting Italy. The second painting, Empty Chairs, was finished about two weeks ago (late April 2008). I never figured on painting chairs again. I usually turned to chairs in interior spaces when I was alone, had no model, or was stuck...

I guess that I shouldn't listen to the Beatles so much.


Anonymous said...

I like the chair paintings. I like the compositions, and colors, and the shoes thrown on the floor.

I still listen to the Beatles a lot, and I totally relate to getting more work done in the studio in the midst of other anxieties.

If you can spare a day away (I know it's tough), you should try and come down for Artomatic or go to a museum with me.

debra said...

this is the Fred I remember most.

after looking through the blog, and absorbing, in a tiny way, your huge collection of work, I am impressed and nostalgic.

I lingered on this painting, and the ones that came after. it reminds me so much of the past.

You were having very personal challenges then, as I recall, and the Beatles were part of your solace.

Time doesn't change people so much.