When you find yourself on a palette run, it might be a good time to regroup

“Singing in perfect harmony” – 24″ x 24″, oil on canvas

Like so many things during these days of stay-at-home sheltering, my painting has also found a steady rhythm, and, as it appears, also a current steady palette. This cooler oil palette first started to take over with my return to oil flow paintings in March. I think it might have been the discover of shades of gray that set the tone, but the cool colors quickly took over in my work … with one notable exception, “Someone’s house is burning down on a day like this”, which still grasped at the warm and bright shades of two other works completed since sealing myself in my house.

“Someone’s house is burning down on a day like this” – 36″ x 36″, oil on canvas

Since painting “Someone’s house is burning down on a day like this”, I’ve again veered back to more somber grays, blued, cool greens with splashes of burnt orange and burgundy … definitely a somber mood. “Admission’s free: you pay to get out”, “There was a world when we were standing still”, and these two recent works below continue this story.

“Comes a time when paths diverge” – 30″ x 30″, oil on linen

“Dreams in which I’m dying” – 30″ x 30″, oil on linen

Perhaps it’s time for me to take a break from the paints and canvas for a bit to regroup and find my way back to a sunnier place. At least, that’s what I’m thinking right now. Stay tuned. And, whatever else you do, take care of yourselves. We will come out on the other side.

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