” The dreamer “

Don Caponianco Dreaming, 16 x 22, 2011, rolled 117, ID 1643
“Dominic Dreaming” 2012 14 x 20.

For me paintings come about in odd ways. I never plan for a painting as it does not quiet work that way for me.

I start just by making a mark that leads to another and another that takes me into the storage department of my mind. Shapes and colours begin to appear, places I have been, things I have seen and felt. I just read an article about consciousness. The article mentions people out of the past who have struggled with what it all means. There is a moment in painting and I mean a moment, a flash, when one has  an understanding of consciousness. All is understood for a brief moment in time. One is given a glimpse of the truth. Really it is a tease , but it wets one’s appetite for another peek. And so we continue the search for another brief peek at the truth.

All the research in the world will not be able to put it into words and they are puzzled by this. I reach it through poetry and painting leaving evidence of my glimpse of the truth.

” From out of the blue “

About thirty years ago I found a beautiful wooden panel that folded together like a book. I had always thought of doing a painting on it and finally I dragged it out and did the painting.

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” From out of the blue” 2016 Oil on panel that closes.

The wood that I think is cherry had a beautiful grain and and where the wood was joined gave me guidance in the painting of it. It came from out of the blue.

“Warm Green”

Green can be a tough color to deal with some times. In this painting I got it to work not just perfectly for me but beyond my expectations.

Painting is very difficult. If you are a format painter like Alex Katz or Wolf Kahn one can crank work out endlessly on the same subject. It is a sort of a trap. People want a Wolf Kahn,they want a New England barn in some bright colors. Change your style as Larry Poons did from elliptical colored shapes and sales go down. Not being a format painter leave room to turn mistakes or unexpected shapes and forms into a new pathway to seeing things in a different light or way. This painting took awhile to get right. Eventually,  it’s as if green led me by the hand.DSCF3536