Sunday, May 23, 2010
"Vesuvius #1" oil on paper-mounted panel, 6" x 6", 2005
"Vesuvius #2" oil on paper-mounted panel, 6" x 6", 2005
"Vesuvius #3" oil on paper-mounted panel, 6" x 6", 2005
This series of three paintings was completed during a MICA trip to the Amalfi coast of Italy in the summer of 2005. I had the incredible good fortune to spend a couple of weeks staring at Mt. Vesuvius from the edge of a rocky jetty in the port town of Piano. It was my "plein-air" moment, complete with sea-salt and stray dogs. Using the volcano as the foil to play with distance, as well as shape and color, I started to use specific shapes to "set off" the composition. The parallel bars, triangles and the four points of a rectangle all sit somewhere within the field of vision, which I found keeps the distance, as well as the painting somewhat active. I also like the idea of graphic representations (triangle) of the mountain, super-imposed over the real thing, or at least a patchy representation of the real thing.