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DAY 6: 77°

2017 September 6
“77º” acrylic & gold leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas by R.L. Gibson

“77º” acrylic & gold leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas by R.L. Gibson

It is Day 6 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge sponsored by painter Leslie Saeta.  My sixth offering is “77º” acrylic & gold leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvasAvailable for $50.

As a xerographist, my work tends to be, almost exclusively, representational.  The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge offers me an opportunity to revisit abstract painting as an alternate voice.  I’ve had a few questions about the “degree” names.  The number comes from the approx. angle between the proverbial streets of gold (or silver) that intersect with our symbolic traffic circle. Today’s palette has changed dramatically, but I am planning on lightening it up more for day seven.

77º is sixth of a number of paintings 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.”

Next stop? Day Seven.


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