After doing the 20 small studies of Montauk Grey Days that I mentioned in my last post, I found a new painting that I wanted to create. These are 5 x 5 inches each and I wanted to use them as inspiration for two 20 x 20 inch paintings.
In the new diptych, I wanted to use more paint than I did in Montauk Grey Days and to be more deliberate. At first I had Montauk Grey Days and my small studies hung in front of me as I painted, but it was becoming quite frustrating trying to partly mimic the older works and partly create something new. My instructor suggested I put the old paintings away, and just work from my memory of the them. At this point the work became more free and developed its own voice. In a sense it became more ambiguous ---it was a painting of a memory of a painting, which was a memory of a landscape.
Here is Memory of a Place, 2013:
It was also included in the National Academy School's Mid-Year Exhibition this winter.