FORSYTHIA   30" x 30”   July 4, 2015

 

Forsythia is a meditation on the first flowering spring bush, which erupts in yellow flowers, appearing bright against a leafless backdrop of barren branches and cloudy March skies. The painting mixes translucent grayish-taupe with a grayish yellow, punctuated sporadically by bursts of brighter yellow.

I like that the colors are diluted and fragile—that the brush strokes are deliberately muddled and unsure, like early spring in New England, when warm days struggle to assert themselves against a vigilant winter.

 

The eye is drawn toward the bright yellow clusters, taking refuge from the grey, hesistant backdrop. The first glimpse of forysthia breaking out of winter....and the mind craves resolute beauty, the promise of spring, something hard won."