No one has said it better than Susan Axelrod! Her Art Matters interview with me eloquently explains the background of this body of work. I could not say it better.
It has been interesting to work on these paintings. While they hold personal memories for me, I believe they go beyond, to engage others. Who cannot relate to putting their feet up to relax in their favorite spot, or the joy of a whirl-a-gig in full wind motion?
See last slide for the preliminary sketches for the piece:
I draw these simple black and white preliminary sketches prior to starting each painting. I call them my “thinking on paper” sketches. As such they are the most creative part of the painting process for me. Since my work is realistic, sketching takes me away from the literal and lets me explore the subject and different, more personal, compositions. They allow me to see what any changes I make would look like before starting the actual painting. Some of these preliminary sketches become paintings, others do not. I usually do 2 or 3 sketches for each piece, but sometimes more. I find sketching relaxing. While I’m painting the piece, I also find that these sketches calm me and help me focus on what mood or feeling I am striving to create.