Paintings, Drawings and Photographs by Barbara Field (except where noted otherwise.)
New stuff very often.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I painted this on my birthday, up in the foothills. I kind of like the sky and receding hills. The shrubs and grass in the foreground bother me a little, but that's the nature of shrubs and grass. I look at these landscapes sometimes, and think of how pastoral they might have looked before the phone poles. One of the guys I paint with really likes the phone poles, and observes that they will undoubtedly become obsolete and disappear in a few more years. People who are young now will be old then and they'll look back with fond nostalgia on our paintings of phone poles. I consider sometimes how my adult life has been marked by the arrival and departure of plastic grocery bags.
I kind of wish it were a valentine. Maybe inside the house on the first floor, there's a sturdy kitchen table. On the table is a half-made valentine, lettered and painted, with scraps of ribbon and lace, and that super-fine sparkly glitter. Some of the glitter will stick to the tabletop for all time and defy every effort to scrub it off. Kind of like love itself, and what it leaves on your heart.