But for now, I'll show you the painting I finished a couple of days ago.
Communion (click to make larger)
Again, the photo isn't very good. It's been rainy here and so there's a white glare/fog and the colours appear rather more grey than the real thing, but I wanted to post it here before I went away.
This was another painting that sat around for much longer than it should have without being worked on. I managed to dig out some photos from the very beginning stages of the painting... from early November of last year, it turns out.
(under-painting from last November)
And though I started painting then, I know the inspiration for the image came from the time I spent last August in Ukraine, and I can't say exactly how long the impulse for it has been kicking around. So, now that it's done, it's as if there is one less thing needling me from behind. I thought I'd sleep a bit easier once it was done, but the night I finished it I spent the whole night tossing and turning, and when I did sleep I dreamt of painting.
But I had better keep this short. I also wanted to mention that I will be showing a few etchings, along with some other people I know, at La Nuit de l'Estampe Contemporaine which runs from 2pm-12am on the 25th of May at la place Saint-Sulpice (and is free!).
Just look for the stand of the Atelier de Gravure de Belleville and you will probably find me shyly mistaking the genders of my nouns, and forgetting to employ the subjunctive, and possibly worse if I am nervous.
And now to get ready for a long weekend by the ocean! The springtimes of my childhood spent swimming in Canadian lakes just after the ice had melted will no doubt serve me well.