Cirque -  noun


1.  a circular space or arrangement

2.  a circle; ring

3.  a circus

4. a steep, hollow excavation high on a mountainside, made by glacial erosion; natural amphitheater


Spring Break has finally arrived and, miraculously, the planets that are high school and college have aligned and both of my sons are home during the same week. I usually have trouble staying focused creatively when there are people around, but I am so happy to have my boys home that I won't mind one bit. We don't have any big trip planned, we usually save that for early summer, so we will just hang out and have a good time around here. Maybe I can drag them to a museum or two...

The painting I have been working on this week, "Cirque" has been true to it's name. Really like moving a mountain inside a 30-ring circus, I have been pushing and pulling, adding layers, taking some away, changing direction, regretting decisions and trying to re-create the past, all on one 24 inch square piece of canvas. The challenge I gave myself was to stay in one color palette, this time purple, blue and green. During the painting process, when I hit a wall, I reflexively do one of two things - draw a circle or cover something up. So, I have a lot of circles. And a lot of layers. I also usually paint pretty fast, from start to finish in a day or two, but this has been on my easel for over a week and I keep coming back to it. I'll think it's finished, set it aside, and in the morning the annoying little critic inside me finds one area that needs "a little something more". I kinda wish I had put down the brush when I reached the point of the painting that's below in the bottom left corner.


And now I'm thinking there's something not right about the upper left corner that's gonna drive me crazy if I don't fix it...just one more little tweak...