Game in the Garden
20" x 16" oil on linen 2015
This composition is a bit unusual for me. I generally prefer working with horizontals and verticals, but here the table and figures form a strong diagonal movement - with smaller diagonals in counterpoint on the card backs. The wall and tree serve to anchor the painting.
To totally contradict that first sentence, two of my last three major paintings - Movie and On the Stairs - were built around diagonals.
Game in the Garden took three drawings to develop; fewer than normal for a painting this size. The original idea came in a doodle a year and a half ago. I returned to the idea in early March of this year. .
7" x 4 1/2" pencil on paper January 2014
6 1/2" x 5 3/8" pencil on graph paper March 2015
20" x 16" pencil on graph paper w/ pastel tone on reverse Mach 2015
On a narrative level, the couple was playing a game with round tokens in my drawings. Once I started painting, I decided to go with three cards, partly for abstract reasons, but also because I wanted to reference the con game three-card monte ... a subject I've wanted to use for some time, but whatever the couple is playing is just an invention of mine.