Merillo Revisited, oil/panel, 60" x 40"
Well the original "Merillo" painting sold before it could get to the Montreal exhibition (July 31 at Gallerie de Bellefeuille). I'm pleased that the collector was so excited by the piece, that it had to go to their home ASAP. But that left a bit of a visual hole in the grouping of works I've imagined for the Montreal show. This meant Merillo needed to be revisited as a subject. I narrowed the shape of the surface slightly, forty inches wide instead of 48 inches. This permitted me to "squeeze" the composition. As a result I needed to simplify the distant cloud and bring the horizon in closer a bit. A horizontal shadow band sets off the rule of thirds.
While this version of Merillo shares much with the previous one, it is unique and presented me with a pleasurable challenge nonetheless. Now the Montreal show will feel like it has the right mix of works. Below is a smaller piece that will also go to the exhibition. Extra layers in the sky, deepen the sense of light and space.
Johbana, oil/panel, 24" x 24"