Tomorrow, we head off for a week and a half vacation. I don't take many 'vacations' that aren't also some form of work so this'll be nice. We're going to Mt Desert Island in Maine to join my family (sister, brother, their families, my parents) for some full on family time (tho I'm from Connecticut originally). It'll be nice to leave this painting for a while. 'The Bricklayer's Dream' is a monster of a piece. It is a constant meditation on so many feelings that aren't the hopeful visions of many of the paintings I've made. At times, with it, it's hard to take a breath, hard to keep at it, because it is so 'not pretty', yet... Yet... I feel that my task as an artist isn't to be the creator of just pretty things but to be, I think, a scribe - just translating the feelings. And these are some of those feelings right now.
I've been contemplating this painting for years and created the drawing for it two years ago. It seems as relevant now as it was then.
I'll be back at it in a couple of weeks, ready to bring it to completion.