February 23, 2018

Hardboiled

"Hardboiled," 24" x 24", mixed media on panel

You want it darker?

In my previous two homes where the winters are real as frostbite and when the clouds roll out they stay for days or even weeks, I couldn't get enough of painting sunny scenes with an almost Hitchcock-Almodóvar-Hopper sense of lighting. But here in the land of film and the set, where it's all flipped and the norm is sun, darkness has been seeping in. I didn't realize it until I sat back, looked at this hombre, and told it to climb up its thumb.

I wish I could explain better but I understand—I feel—finally the appeal of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Billy Wilder, and all the incredible noir in literature in film, before the fluff moved in.

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