I am confusing myself. Let's just write something and be done with it! I am going to start with the birth certificate for Dichotomy:
A horrible feeling that I still need to capture the grand canyon to my satisfaction and the need to paint a tree.
Looking through my holiday photos, apprehensively, knowing I totally burnt out after painting the Grand Canyon last time.
Fear, Torment, a twisted tree in my photos, the vastness of the canyon, the monumental contrasts of sky and earth, an impossible depth to portray, a multitude of colour, striking detail and blurry nothingness....oh dear.
I really struggle with the Grand Canyon - in fact I know I will paint it again, and again I will not get whatever I want to show right. I think I discovered why this is. I paint place. I paint a moment and a situation and a feeling to the best of my ability using any means necessary. I try to match the technique to the feeling, or to highlight what I want to show. The trouble with the canyon is there is too much to show - the stripes of the rock, the vast open space, the awe inspiring views, the feeling of being so small and insignificant, the beauty of it, the infinity, the depth, the peace and calm, the power. I am never going to be able to portray all of this in one painting, which is why they are all quite different. It doesn't mean I won't keep trying to show it all and keep getting frustrated.
Oh Grand Canyon, I love and I hate you!