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DAY 1: 91°

2017 September 1
"91º" acrylic & silver leaf on 5"×7" unstretched canvas by R.L. Gibson

“91º” acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas by R.L. Gibson

Today marks the beginning of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge sponsored by painter Leslie Saeta.  On day one, I offer “91º” acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas.  Available for $50.

As a xerographist, my work tends to be, almost exclusively, representational.  I have struggled lately to find a representational voice for my changing motivation to create work.  The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge offers me an opportunity to revisit abstract painting as an alternate voice.

91º is one of a number of paintings that are inspired by traffic circles.  As a frequent traveler, I am both comforted and amused by the familiar behaviors found while traversing the traffic circle.  Well-intentioned drivers lean forward to afford themselves a better view of street signs, use their right turn signal despite all options being right turns, momentarily hit the brakes not quite certain of their choice before barreling ahead often without noticing the presence or location of other drivers on the circle or having to go ’round again because they missed the mark the first time.  It is sort of a perfect metaphor for navigating life. 

Let’s see where it takes me.

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