The sail maker. or the sail makers daughter, I haven’t figured out which it will be. I lean towards the latter. Sounds like a movie. Anyway it’s one of a series that I’m sending up to Walls gallery in Wilmington, a great gallery with two of the best owners you could ever know. They said, “enough with the landscapes already, please send us some figurative (narrative) work”. I had this image in my back pocket waiting to do something with it. It has all the components I like, busy vs rest, a lot of information against one small moment of something involving the human element, in our time, not 100 years ago. I finished it last week before my workshop in Richmond and today looking at it I decided to glaze down the background a bit with some asphaltum and a little french ultramarine blue to neutralize it plus a mix of Galkyd light and grumtine, a pure thinner, to make the glaze. this is the stuff I like doing. It’s not pretty art, no sunsets, no water. But it has a thing, it tells a story.
There’s a bit of a triad going on with the sail maker lady and the windows. The light makes a nice diagonal down to the back window, the sail is a flowy counterpart to all the geometric things in the background. And then there’s the warm vs cool thing, warm light in the background, cool daylight for balance. Love the little sailboat in the foreground. Also there’s a subtriad going with the 3 little sailboats in the image. Balance, baby, that’s what it’s all about.