When I began this series, I was anticipating a quick sale of our home and wanted to get used to working small and making that smaller work be a conceptual piece of my last days in the studio as well as a way to use up the paint I had.
I’d already set limits on what I was going to be able to take with me.
I decided that working in a square format was good for me, so dear Joseph cut me 120 pieces of canvas 6″ x 6″. I fringed many and the day that our home went on the market: Saturday, April 8, 2017, I began a sort of calendar chronicling the last days. I set out to use a different color of paint I had stored in a trunk already packed to go. I then began to number each piece; sets of 10; each set numbered in a different style. I gave no thought to the paint I picked up. Whatever I grabbed, that’s what the day’s square was painted. I painted quickly. I gave a bit more thought to the style of the numbers, some written out, some stamped, some painted freehand. Then I realized I was as is my habit, creating a visual journal. I wrote on the backs of each piece, a bit of what was going on that day.
I kept on going. I kept on showing our home to no avail. I also began to paint other pieces again and completed a small series…..seeing that this wasn’t going to be my last series here and that the house was not selling as quickly as I though it would, I stopped at 108. Well, it really isn’t 108, because when I went back and went through them all I realized I skipped the 80’s, so I guess without a zero and no ’80s that makes it a series of 97. Still a significant body of work in color and text. I keep the text to myself as it is very personal. But the numbers are here to enjoy and reproductions are available for sale.
Consider commissioning me to create a series of numbers to commemorate an event in your life……