The two murals I began in the summer are now finished, varathened and up on the fences in my backyard ready for my next studio tour. Until then I get the opportunity to enjoy them hanging out with the greenery –they really do just fit into the environment and contrast well with the green.
This time around the I took the opportunity to do something different with the outdoor art. The red/yellow abstract has the writing “Confine yourself to the present” by Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor. The second yellow/blue abstract painting has the words by Albert Einstein “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Some admirable sentiments but I needed to counterbalance the quotes with some semblance of cynicism no matter how slight. I found a quote by Susan Sontag that did the job admirably. I collaged pieces of the Susan Sontag quote onto the wood as one of the last stages of the painting before varathening it.
I have always been drawn to quotations as inspiration but the tendency can veer dangerously and quickly into sugary and saccharine–so I took the second mural as a mild rebuke to the first. Susan Sontag sums it up beautifully as usual: “The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.” Sometimes a surrealist sensibility just gets you through the day…
To see how the murals progressed through the summer and for more close ups/pics on the progress just check out my earlier blog entries. Now it’s time to head out to Home Depot for more wood!