Thursday, June 21, 2007

More new paintings

Fooling around with image transfer. These two are called Block: Year of the Black Dog.


Blogger Chandra said...

I love them! Especially love the last painting with the birds. So gorgeous and evocative!

4:38 AM  
Blogger Jude said...

I like the last shot.

Forgive me for being so literal minded, but how did you come about the name? The blue palette, the black birds . . . my paucity of imagination is revealed when I contemplate this black dog mystery.

4:44 AM  
Blogger jchevais said...

Brooke, Your paintings are really beautiful.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I know, I'm mixing up my crows and my Labs, aren't I? The name comes from a conversation I had with a photographer the other day - we've both been through some upheaval this year, and he's about to turn 37. I said, "Yeah, 37 is the year of the black dog," meaning, it's 3 a.m. in the soul and you're walking through a bad neighborhood.

So that's where the "Black Dog" comes from. Also, not sure the photos show it that well, but those two paintings have typewriter writing layered through them, that's been scored out in places, letting the layers of paint underneath it show through. I was thinking about writer's block and how, when you're blocked, nothing you write seems like it's good enough, you want to just rip it all up.

Which feels an awful lot like a Year of the Black Dog thing. So that's where the title comes from.

The crows are in there because I just really like crows. :) Actually because they're carnivores, and crows are such fabulous, smart, family-oriented birds -- and yet, they're also kind of bloodthirsty. They're real survivors. So the lesson there is, you can either love them for what they are (love the block for what it teaches you), or you can shun them because of what they are (you can let the block run your life - you can let the block stop you from writing forever).

Whew! So that's what that's about.

8:32 AM  
Blogger EverydaySuperGoddess said...

Love it! That blue is delicious.

9:58 AM  
Blogger inkgrrl said...

Wow, Brooke, you've got some extraordinary talent there babe. Your photographs show what a fabulous eye you have, but these paintings - hell, all the ones you've posted pics of so far - are amazing. Any plans to hold a show?

Good to know that 37 was supposed to be that way - been 38 for a few months now and the Black Dog hasn't quite gotten the message that its time is up, so maybe I'm just wallowing. Bloodthirsty survivors who hold feathered wakes are good totem animals to cry a halt to wallowing, methinks.

12:46 PM  

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