Friday, March 21, 2008
Hopper's places studies
I'm never sure which would work better for me when I want to make a break from my usual method of painting: to attempt to paint unself-consciously (like automatic writing!) or to very consciously plan to approach a painting in a new way. They're both hard! Mostly I keep doing the same thing.
These are based on photographs of places Hopper painted from the Gail Levin book Hopper's Places (a very good book; though I should also recommend Virginia Mecklenburg's Edward Hopper: The Watercolors). The Hopper paintings, especially of Monhegan Lighthouse, are different ... I'd post them here but I'm sure that'd be some kind of copyright infringement; instead I'll look for them on the web and post links here if I find them.
In Near the Back Shore, that's an electric pole splitting the picture in two; Hopper seemed to always include the poles! There's a photograph of Hopper sitting in his studio in Truro where the pipe from the woodstove splits the picture in half ... I wonder if the photographer was aware of it?