Painful knees, no fingerprints.

Today I spent seven hours slaving away over a hard concrete slab.  Yes, the annual Indio Chalk Festival.  This year the festival was moved from outside the city hall to Miles Avenue a block away, and the street was blocked off.  I knew that I was being asked to do a much larger painting this year, and had in mind that I might do a triptych, though I had no clue what exactly I was going to do.  However, instead of being assigned a space, I was asked to pick one.  I had the choice of concrete or blacktop, and opted for a familiar surface, mostly in the shade.  The area I chose had four perfect squares with spaces in between, so I decided to use them all.  I wasn’t sure whether to do four seasons (like Vivaldi’s Window) or 4 times of day, like the painting I’m working on for my timelapse video (hopefully done in time for May’s newsletter) – so I did both.

And yes, tomorrow will be the best day of the year to commit a crime – I have no fingerprints – wore them off rubbing the chalk into the concrete.   Oh wait, I have a show in Indian Wells this weekend, and I ache everywhere, especially my knees.

Indio Chalk Festival painting

The Plan

Indio Chalk Festival painting

Winter Night

Indio Chalk Festival painting

Spring Morning

Indio Chalk Festival painting

Summer afternoon

Indio Chalk Festival painting

Fall Evening

Indio Chalk Festival painting

All four

Forever home

It’s always nice to see my work in it’s ‘forever home’.  This one is a bit special because I got to hang it myself – and it’s one of the most difficult paintings to hang because it’s not only a 4-piece painting, but because the four panels can be rotated, all the wires and hooks have to be perfectly aligned, so that when it’s changed around, there isn’t a need to make any adjustments.  Here I am with the finished installation.

Vivaldi's Window

“Vivaldi’s Window”. My concept of the one window Vivaldi may have looked out across as he wrote his most famous musical work ‘The Four Seasons’.