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During the summers and autumns of 1820-22 John Constable was painting ‘en plein air’ at Hampstead Heath…he would set up at the same time each day, with premixed vials of paint to capture the sky and its clouds. He referred to this practice as “skying.” He named “Messenger Clouds,” today know as scud or stratus fractus clouds, those that move at faster speeds under rain clouds. My Messenger series is not about clouds, yet is something of clouds, as I do a lot of skying myself. I watch the clouds in the sky over the East River daily, all times of day and night, all seasons. Interference paints subtly shift the colors the viewer sees, making the artwork dynamic; reminding us life is always changing. Counter to what the viewer sees, these pigments are colorless; it is their ability to bend light that causes a viewer to perceive a color that’s not really there. The unframed painting attaches to the wall with a cleat which allows the painting to appear to float away from the wall 1/4 inch. This allows light bouncing off the wall to pass through the panel, through the pigment. There is a slight build up of paint on the edges, showing the history of the paintings making.

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painting | acrylic paint on acrylic support


30.00 x 29.00 x 1.00 in | 76.20 x 73.66 x 2.54 cm

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