Between genealogy research and conferences I’ve been finding some time to work on paintings for my London show. As you’ll recall, I’ve taken several paintings that I’ve done on board and repainted them on canvas for easier shipping. It has been an interesting experience to take a painting that I considered done and begin anew. I’ve always thought that I didn’t have the patience for repeated versions of the same image. I can't read the same book twice or see the same movie. While Monet’s multiple waterlilies, haystacks and cathedral windows are inspiring, I thought I needed something new to sustain my energies. Now with a reason to do that exploration, I’ve had a few discoveries worth learning. I've found that there are many levels within an image to explore.
The challenge that hung over my head was to take my painting “Gedenken” which is24” X 72” and recreate it in two paintings of 24” X36”. I further added to the challenge by deciding I wanted the paintings to be able to stand on their own as well as combine into one image.There were two changes I wanted to make from my original “Gedenken”. I wanted to create a larger base of darker color at the bottom to balance it and I wanted to put bands of sideways letters between each band that spelled “gedenken”. Here’s what I arrived at, both separately and together.