PAUSE   36" x 36”   June 29, 2016   

 

After weeks of experiencing a flurry of bright, nascent spring colors on my farm in Martha's Vineyard--[as the oaks sprouted the brightest green leaves, and the lawns prospered, and my astilbe garden burst into bright flowers of pink, magenta and red]--I needed a sort of pause from color--a rest, so to speak--and explored this study of gray. It was an act of restraint in modulating the grey stripes without much variation.

 

The painting is marked by two darker horizontal stripes, which anchor the composition, and make an (amusing?) allusion to a pause sign. Pause is one of my most monochromatic paintings, bordering on boring but feels enduring, sober, and meditative, a welcome cool oasis in my too-agile imagination.