the ice bound suite / by Philip Tarlow

3:08 PM: this morning i looked at the 4 16x20” canvasses i’ve been working on over the past week or so and saw them as a suite of 4. in order for that to happen, i needed to re-work all of them, and it was important that i do that in one shot so as to maintain the same energy. this also meant re-naming them all; they are now ice bound 1, 2, 3 and 4.

they represent a distillation of all that i’ve learned thus far in my motion series. i have the beginnings of a language of forms i can play with, play being the key word. i used oil paint and oil sticks. all 4 were painted over with the tan ground you see.

this is also preparation for the series of 4 84” high scrolls i’m planning on the raw linen i ordered, which arrived in the mail a few days ago.