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Wabash painting revisited

Wabash/Adams, in progress

I started this painting a year ago … and then things (life) happened and I never found time to get myself to the studio. It has some issues that made returning to it an unpleasant task. Layers of the older painting are totally dry now so reworking is impossible and some of the drawing was completely wrong (one of the benefits of returning to an abandoned work, flaws are seen with extreme clarity) – but it was a good idea and it deserves another college try…

The geometry and layers are important in these urban, architectural scenes. Everything is right on the surface, the planes of the building, the lines of the el track stairway and the crowd all impede your vision and progress. The spaces between things, those slivers of sky and light, need to feel like, well, spaces where you can look up and breathe.