A selection of paintings...
The Dust of Paradise Harvest, 1970-71
All are pastel on panel. Size indicated.
** are described
in the catalog for my 2003 Retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California.
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In the summer of 1970, I had been using acrylic for four years and had
yet to find a way to develop color like a composer might orchestrate a
symphony from a piano score. (The symphonic was then my visual
the 106th acrylic of “majestic” size, I got real about scale—smaller—and switched to
colored sticks of soft pastel so I could hold a rainbow in my hand.
I kept on with the streaming lines of the big acrylic paintings, but
I filled the spaces between with the soft pastels. I called the new
work The Dust of Paradise Harvest, and I made a
Well-Tempered Spectrum (remembering Bach’s Well-Tempered
Violet is the last of the spectrum
series. The whole series showed the mountains of paradise, the heart
from the Western Homestead, and the winged sword of my masculinity—all
in the streaming of colors of
the waters of life.
(72 x 48)
The Well Tempered Spectrum
All are 48 x 24 in. unless otherwise indicated.
Left to Right:
Coll. Oakland Museum
Red (48 x 12 in.), Orange, Yellow, Yellow Green, Blue (48 x 12 in.),
No.s 10-15, Pastel on panel, 18 x