|Rackstraw Downes at Betty Cunningham. Link here: Gallery Link|
|Sketchbook excerpts: time of day. The chosen time is below.|
|Downes writes, "One painting may involve as many as 100 visits...I am interested in the whole place and everything that pertains to it: the long canvases I use result from wanting to get all that in."|
|In his 1996 book The Abstract Wild, Jack Turner observes only 2% of the US might be wild. These paintings confirm it.|
|Downes writes, "Through the metaphor of travel everything comes alive. Except that the traveler's picture is half a picture: he is euphoric on exotica and the novelty of it all." ...To be continued below.|
|Seen for real, the intense blue shadows shock the eye from the expected neutral tones of this juniper field.|
|In passages such as these, Downes must experience a melding with landscape.|
|He goes on to quote Su Shih (1084):|
"From the side, a whole range;
from the end, a single peak:
Far, near, high, low, no two parts alike.
Why can't I tell the true shape of Lu-Shan?
Because I myself am in the mountain." (p. 123)
|In the office.|
|Also in the office: ochre 'clouds' disclose an underlying grid Downes uses to establish proportion.|
|Sky moves around branch as branch shapes sky.|