a few final adjustments before starting a new painting / by Philip Tarlow

  chia  following a slight toning down of the red dot

chia following a slight toning down of the red dot

12:42 PM: this morning i un-stretched and re-stretched the last of the 6 late summer paintings to have remained on hard backed stretcher bars: chia and turtle island. in both cases the adjustment was to an area of red which i felt was a bit too strong, pulling the eye away form the composition as a whole. these adjustments were so minor that most viewers see the difference unless i pointed it out.

because, now that they are re-stretched onto stretcher bars without the hard backing, which facilitates collaging, they are now quite light weight and i'll be taking them over to the house as soon as i finish this post.

  turtle island  following a slight toning down of the red in the lower left

turtle island following a slight toning down of the red in the lower left

my intention is to have all 6 late summer paintings hanging in the upper floor of our house, which is kind of like a gallery space; large, light, and open. i'll take down the gaze series paintings that have dominated the space for the past 6 months or so, so that it's more like an exhibition. that way, we'll be able, under varied lighting conditions, to get a better sense of how this series hangs together. or not!

i had intended to start a new painting in the late summer series today, but it's a short day because of a couple of local events we'll be attending this afternoon. so it's better if i start something new when i know i have the entire day in front of me.