starting easter creek, continuing work on spring creek, more modifications to purple rock ii & my mentee k. continues his most excellent landscape painting / by Philip Tarlow

the 3 paintings i worked on today: left to right- purple rock II ,  spring creek  and  easter creek

the 3 paintings i worked on today: left to right-purple rock II, spring creek and easter creek

this is the landscape my mentee k. is working on. he was in my studio today. i think it’s extratordinary. he’s 13.

this is the landscape my mentee k. is working on. he was in my studio today. i think it’s extratordinary. he’s 13.

5:02 PM: this morning my energy was high, and i was able to continue wrok on spring creek & purple rock II as well as strating working on the new easter creek: 48x20”. you can see all three hanging on my east studio wall, ABOVE.

purple rock II

purple rock II

purple rock II may be close to being resolved. it has taken on a pinkish glow, and a few areas are inspired by taiga’s 18th c. hanging scrolls, some of which are painted on silk. this inspiration, which began yesterday, spilled over to the other two paintings and, i could say, into the small landscape my mentee k. continued working on.

because of this influence and the shift to a warmer ground color, it stands apart from the rest of the series and has begun to show the benefits of painting in layers, as i have been doing; one painting over another until resolution is attained.

spring creek has evolved and is in it’s best state yet, it’s so skinny: 12x48” that i was having a hard time compositionally. today for the first time it exhibits a coherence and flow. when you have a challenge like this, it’s very tempting to come form your head. that never works. one of the ways i deal with this is by deliberately working on 2 or today 3 canvasses on the same day. i forget about it, move on to a new reality and then am able to come back to it with a fresh eye, take more chances, then allow it to rest again.