This is my wife and my favourite room at the Leighton Centre. To me it’s a room that seems to be an extension of the outside. It has a very hand made feel with lots of imperfections but lots of personality.
I was very motivated by one of the photos to try and paint it. It’s a very complicated and busy subject and I wanted to try to simplify it and suggest much more detail than I actually painted.
I was very motivated by the above painting “Frondulation” which was completely inspired by a visit to the Conservatory at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg ten years ago. For me it was a truly inspired painting and I’ve always loved it. It was an impressionistic collage of the various shapes I sketched there. I was trying for the same effect in this new painting.
I’m not always good at critiquing my own work but I would say about this new image that it is a very good attempt and it is an accurate summation of the way I used to work . . . but not the direction I want to go. I’m posting it because it’s a good lesson that we don’t always get what we want.