This work was intended to be purely abstract and to focus on a color theme. I created it in glazes of different blues and violets (although the violet is much less evident in the final outcome.) As I worked with this piece, I began to see cloud shapes in it, a stormy sky with the sun illuminating the clouds from behind just a little, the way it sometimes does on a stormy day. I'm intrigued by working this way, with a combination of planning (the color palette, the glazing technique), and serendipity (the semi-abstract image), and then workmanship (going back into the painting and manipulating it to achieve the final result).
This is the first new work I've completed in a couple months. ME/CFS makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to paint. When I have my worst symptoms, I have trouble thinking clearly, holding on to thoughts that seem to float away as I try to grasp them. I sometimes feel like I am floating too, drifting between consciousness and sleep. I need to keep my environment still and free from chaos. This work is a reflection of that need and the sensation of floating. It evokes the sea in a way meant to touch the imagination, suggesting sunlight filtering through ocean water. The small sculptural elements are reminiscent of corals.