Monday, August 25, 2014

The Weight of Air

The Weight of Air Katherine Kean
oil on linen   48 x 48 inches

A combination of a Cape Cod marsh and imaginary - and much hoped for - rain clouds, this painting has fun details that are hard to see here. The foreground grasses are slightly impasto brushstrokes, as are some of the wind tossed 'debris' in the air.

As I was settling on a title, I looked up many weather terms: downdraft, microburst, wind shear, outflow front, to mention just a few. I finally went with the title that's been in my mind since I started.


Unknown said...

Titling a piece has always been different each and every time for me. A lot of the titles come about during the experience; the images that surface during the creation dictates the thread. Also, prior reading figures into a lot of the work. I remember before creating a cave painting triptych, I drowned myself in writings on Lascaux, Chauvet, and Altamira. My favorite moments of serendipity come about when the title encompasses the plastic image, past subconscious, and present experience. It seems as though a lock is put into place, and the title becomes inseparable from the work.

Katherine Kean said...

Allan, that's a wonderful moment when all three of those elements; plastic, subconscious, and present all come together. I like titles, and paintings, that work on more than one level.

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