Wednesday, March 5, 2014

'Narrative Landscape'

                                                            watermedia onYupo 12x72



In 2010 when I came to the Sitka Center, I wanted to develop the idea of a narrative landscape that wasn`t perceived as a whole but 'read' left to right. Like a Chinese scroll, though I think they unfurl in the opposite direction. The best ones looked like murals which was not what I intended. With limited time here and a real compelling landscape just beyond the studio, I decided to suspend the effort. Four years later I`m back, a more mature painter, and think this matter is best attempted through abstraction. The little 'Birth of Hawaii' series I began before ever visiting that state, opened up this new avenue. This piece is still in process but I`m happy to return to this place and to this idea. At least for this painting. It`s raining a deluge out there anyway so I`ll walk the magnificent landscape later.

8 comments:

Libby Fife said...

Wow! I can totally see the concept and it's a good one. Funny how sometimes you have the idea and aren't completely ready for it yet for whatever reason. Kind of like the squirrel burying the nut for later.

Stay dry!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Randall,
Congratulations on your return. All of us who follow you and love your work will try to be patient until you reveal your new creations.
Have a great creative experience!!
Sincerely,
Gary.

Mary Suzanne Garvey said...

Fascinating and captivating. The colors and shapes are beautiful and the concept brilliant. The scope of your work never ceases to awe me. I love the variety in shapes - the small intentional leaves and the abstract shapes as well. LOVE it Randall

David Page Coffin said...

Jeez, that's gorgeous, Randall; congrats!

Jo Reimer said...

This piece is incredible. I love the long scroll idea as well as the way you've told the story of the landscape.

Majda Zorko said...

That happened to me too,years ago...Started a realistic landscape and ended up making an abstract piece.Now I often do one painting on 2 pcs of canvas/wood,but always in vertical format.Like your abstract rendering with free form shapes.Keep going in this direction.

Don Gray said...

Oh yeah, Randall--this is absolutely fabulous! I love that you're picking up this narrative idea again, and I think you're really on the right track.

Sarah Bachhuber Peroutka said...

I love the paintings and the concept. Can't wait to see how this evolves!