“From the Shadows”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019


I painted this on a raining morning in Southern California in May. I like to come south to get away from rain. This rain was not in my plan. Those ephemeral little jewels falling from the sky, as wonderful as they were to the dry desert southlands, collectively formed a dull and dreary darkness casting its shadows across my mental landscape.

But on the bright side, I painted this one alongside my friend Norm Daniels. He’s a great artist and a great guy to hang out with under a shade palapa (good for rain shelter too) and paint the day away. We ate donuts. We spoke with a jewish couple who came down to baptize their new cooking pot in the ocean. Norm was babtized in the ocean too. Somehow that struck me as humorous at the time, but I see now that it wasn’t really that funny. I guess that’s why both Norm and the couple with the cooking pot looked at me with blank stares when I exclaimed that Norm and the pot were brothers. Hindsight is 20/20.

After painting, we had tacos and beers and I really couldn’t have asked for a better day, even though I grumbled a bit at the start of it.

I guess sometimes you have to step out from the shadows to see things more clearly in the light of day.

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