Lately, I have been building my paintings by responding to previous paint strokes with new ones. Often I have no idea what I will paint, except for the colors I begin with. Today however, I had something to say.
Usually, it is very interesting to encounter people who’s minds operate differently than one’s own. It can be very stimulating and inspiring getting to know that person. However, when familiar ways of interacting change somehow: uncommon courses of conversations; misperceptions; lapses in memory; misunderstandings; puzzling actions, the experience is, at best, unsettling.
Communication begins with messages passed back and forth between receptive minds. I began the painting below with yellow curves (bismuth and Indian) to symbolize compressions of air, the medium that transmits sound. Payne’s gray filled the space between the peaks of some of the sound waves; ultramarine blue filled others. Another way to represent sound is a graph of magnitude of sound intensity (decibels) with time. I painted a jagged blue line of decibels next.
I used my flesh-tone mixture to paint a schematic of an ear. I flooded the area outside the perimeter of the ear with red and tilted the paper so it would drip.
I’m not sure whether the ear of the sender or the receiver is bleeding to know.
I am not sure if this painting is finished or if it properly conveys what I want.