parade 40, stages 1&2 / by Philip Tarlow

4:45pm update: well, so much for leaving it in it's 3:16 state! i couldn't even wait till morning! but now that it's almost 5, i'm really quitting for the day. working on this one is so delicious......we'll see how it goes tomorrow; i gotta lie down. something unusual may happen tomorrow morning. but right now, i'm fried.

                                                                 4:45 PM

                                                               3:16 PM

3:16pm update: it's very tempting to leave this painting in it's current state. i'm going to stop for the day & see how i feel about it in the morning. right now, it looks like a fragment of an ancient fresco. the small area of the canvas that has been painted actually works, supporting the whole 12x56" space. i felt this exact way in 2010, while working on a painting for my solo show at skoufa gallery in athens. i listened to my intuition, left the painting in it's "unfinished" state, and it was the first to sell on day one. not that that means anything. if nothing else, i'm going to enjoy looking at it in this state for at least another 19 or 20 hours. i'm positive that, were i to see this in a gallery or museum, i'd exclaim "DAMN that's cool!!"

noon update: i began parade 40 this morning. it's based on a series of photos of a sidewalk artist, shot in denver about 7-8 years ago. i used an image shot the same day of the same artist for parade 30. i find this one even more appealing because a small portion of the chalk sidewalk painting she is creating can be seen, and this is where i chose to start the painting. on the right, a detail of the painting as it is right now.

BELOW: the 12x56 painting with just a small section completed. and on the right, parade 30, based on the same series of photos of the sidewalk artist. the format: long and narrow, has been a favorite for many years. whether it's vertical or horizontal, i am attracted to the extreme cropping this shape inspires. collectors always find unusual ways of hanging these paintings, often on walls they hadn't considered for hanging art.