January #6 – 8×10 series

From the series painted in January, 2017 – landscape abstracts I worked on while caring for my husband after his fall and subsequent knee surgery.

January #6 1-17 10 x 8 small

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11 thoughts on “January #6 – 8×10 series

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes, I think that is exactly right, I felt when I was doing them that I had no pre-planning, just following what my hand put on to the canvas. In a kind of stressful time they were really free, I did not judge them, just enjoyed doing them. I am hoping to go more in that direction in any art work I do now, veering away from my framework of “art is fun but it is also for sale and so it has expectations”. It means a lot to me that you see this interior-ness in these. Maybe I am getting somewhere in revising my outlook.

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes. I am slowly realizing there is no “there” to arrive at, it’s the journey. Not an original thought but I have come to the conclusion it must be original with each one of us before we actually can understand and try to live it. So I am hoping to point my journey more in this open direction. I imagine it as when I am running on a trail in the woods, narrow and constrained, and then it comes out into a meadow. I’m looking for more and more meadows.

  3. Laura (PA Pict)

    When I look at this landscape, it makes me recall walking into the Arizona desert before dawn to watch the sun rising over the saguaro cacti. I read those structures at the base of the painting as cacti, the spatter at the top as stars in the night sky, and the colours in the space between representing the tension between night and day.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    What a lovely image you have brought to my mind. I’ve never been to the desert, someday, maybe, but I will say I thought these did resemble cacti when I finished the painting, though I didn’t have that in my mind. I like it, how it turned out, another example of…where your mind goes when you let the paintbrush paint away…

  5. Laura (PA Pict)

    It’s as if you’ve painted an interior landscape, almost like a mind map, and I’ve imposed on that a projection from my own memory. And my memory won’t be an accurate vision of the landscape either. Dreamscapes I suppose is what these are for just that sort of reason.

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