Art is a game where you play on the field of imagination.
This can produce some interesting results. Using today's painting as an example, I am hoping to show here how that evolves...
This particular painting became, in my mind, a view of the ocean looking out from the Florida Keys. It could be something else entirely in someone else's
mind. Although when a painting is named "Midnight in the Keys" it may not be the easiest thing to convince yourself that this painting is really something about, I don't know, feelings of hope in a turbulent time, or a candy factory, or a night on Lake Superior when all the rooms in the hotel were booked.
Anyway, having arrived at this idea of "Midnight in the Keys" I wonder to myself if it is useful to even talk about it, rather than just let the viewer develop their own feelings.
When I have the time I usually do make the point of describing my paintings.
Sometimes it might be an interpretation, or it could be seen as one, and I wouldn't argue with that. But often it is something else, really. It's more like a suggestion to help the viewer loosen up with the painting. Something to give a person an option of where to go with it. Something like that :).
Once established that we are in the Keys at Midnight, for some reason it seems to me a good chance that something sinister is going on. Something about smuggling. Some kind of contraband like Cuban cigars, or maybe it's during prohibition and they're running rum from.
This becomes the short text that I attach to most of my paintings:
"...Dougie had been staring into the darkness for what seemed like hours... ...Jorge was watching the road... ...depending on what they saw coming down that road, they could both be back in jail in Key West, or worse, before the night was done... ...Dougie thought he saw a light flicker on the horizon... ...it was no choice - danger by land or danger by sea..."
Sometimes these are taken from literature and sometimes they are written by my partner, Offroad Artist.
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