Bill Barrell talks about how a painting can sometimes surprise you in its revelations of feeling and insights. “Coming Apart” is a painting depicting a struggle with just such revelations.
– Every once in a while, I have this feeling of being disjointed. I was not feeling particularly disjointed while painting this work, but it was a work that I was struggling with when I began. Some shape or form appeared in it that reminded me of the feeling of being disjointed. I have always felt that a painting can lead one into ones own subconsious. It is important to be aware of this. Give it free rein and allow the work to take you there.
Painting is all about capturing and retaining feeling. The viewer often can relate to works very strongly. As an example, one painting that I react to is Vincent van Gogh’s, “Irises”. I have grown irises and when they burst forth in the spring in a blaze of periwinkle, I look at them and wish they they could stay in that state. But of course, they don’t. Van Gogh managed to come close to retaining that deep feeling with that painting. He captured the essence of the moment.
This painting does the same for me. –