May 16, 2010
One nice day last week I went out to a couple of farms to begin collecting images that I will use for my paintings. What you see above are 16 images from over 50 that I shot; these are the ones that I think might make good paintings. I printed the images in the size I thought would be best, along with a black and white copy of the image; I don't like to rely on the color image because it can be too flat, too predictable in color; also, so much agricultural equipment is green, and I plan to change the colors: John Deere farm machinery is very popular and its colors are green with yellow (the Deere logo is visible in the center photo). I found a large sheet of cardboard in the studio and taped the photos to it; it's an ideal display wall, as I can move it around easily for contemplation: sometimes in front of my dining table, sometimes in the living room. And contemplation is necessary, because I will sometimes change a composition, or make the image larger or smaller, or remove it altogether; it's only by living with these pictures for a while that I can see the way forward more clearly.
So that you can see them more clearly, I've posted a couple of the photos that are on the wall above; you can also click on the gathered images to see an enlargement.