a painting of a painting of a painting: "parade 30" resumes: the relativity of "impermanence"/looking back / by Philip Tarlow

3:10pm update: like sex or eating a great desert, the entire process of making this painting and now looking at it, finished and on the easel, is blowing me away. all roads have led to this one painting, and now i'm afraid what comes next may be a let down. i think i'll just bask in the glow for a while, and shut T-F up.

the completed parade 30  12"x60"  

1:45pm update:  clouds gather, hints of thunder....storms predicted tonight and tomorrow.

8:14PM UPDATE: as of a few minutes ago, we are under a winter storm watch, with up to 19 to 26 inches possible sunday night in our mountains, above 11,000 feet, with 4 to 10 inches possible here in the foothills. these predictions are always very approximate, because we live in an unpredictable micro climate with many variables. if we do get the higher amounts, it will be great for our snow pack.

1:10pm update: below, the current state of the painting. the image derives from photos i shot about a decade ago of a denver street artist reproducing a rubens painting with pastel on the sidewalk. so it's a painting of a painting of a painting. it's impermanent, but then, so is the painting in oil on linen i'm working on; it just may last for a few hundred years more. as janis joplin famously said during a concert (raspy joplin voice, drugs coursing through her veins) " as we said on the bus yesterday, it's all the same fucking day, man."

8am update: i'll continue working on parade 30 as soon as i get to my studio. here's a look back, in the mean time at a 16"x16" parade series painting from december 16, 2014. this painting was intended to be viewed flipped 90 degrees to the left; in other words with the helicopter on the upper left. once it had been hanging in our house for a few months, i tried turning it as it now appears. the space suddenly became more dramatic, and now i prefer it this way. my signature and the date of execution are, therefore, on what used to be the bottom but is now the left side of the canvas.