The very long thin format of this and other paintings is compositionally challenging. I’m painting a sliver of form, space or time and similar to arctic ice tube samples these slivers tell a deep, ancient stories. I am also influenced by ancient Chinese landscapes.
Most of the image is underground. While reading Janet Lewis' poem Meadow Turf, I could smell fresh dirt. Here are some inspiring phrases: ".... knife-bladed grasses, lacing their roots, lacing The life of the meadow into a deep embrace far underground, .... Springing out of a mould years old; Leaves, living and dead, whose stealing Odors on the cold bright air shed healing- Oh, heart, here is your healing, here among The fragrant living and dead."
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