Meditation on an April Pond

TM9653 Meditation on an April Pond 36×40 oil on panel

April is a month of rapid change at the pond. At the start of the month, the water is crystal clear and the reflections sharp and cold. By later in the month, duckweed flecks are beginning to appear, the shallow grasses are nudging up, and the water is full of ripples suggesting tadpoles and peepers below the surface. I want all of it in my paintings. The tempo of ripple and the hum of life is so musical and subtle. To keep that mood while I’m working in the studio, I usually play music that echoes the feel and tempo of what I want to create, setting the pace of the brushstroke. For this painting, I chose John Cage (especially his work on the toy piano) and a cd of Philip Glass, played by Bruce Brubaker. The tonality and rhythm evoked water, and Cage’s toy piano had a spirit of innocence and joy about it that said spring, at least to this artist. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9653 Meditation on an April Pond – detail from upper right
TM9653 Meditation on an April Pond – detail from left of center

I will be opening my studio for the

Annual Fenway Open Studios

April 30 & May 1

11AM to 5PM (I will be open noon to 5 both days, studio 103)

30 Ipswich Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Masks strongly recommended for visiting the individual artists’ studios. There will also be an outdoor exhibition, music, and ice-cream, with our block of Ipswich Street closed for the celebration.

The grand opening of our non-profit the Fenway Gallery is Sunday, May 1, with reception at noon.