I can’t explain why I need to paint in series. Someone once said to me that it is because there is more to say than can be covered in one painting. The “more to say” part kind of creeps me out when I realize that through my entire school history my papers came back with various large inscriptions by my teachers “wordy!” I guess you can tell if you have read only a tiny bit of this website that I am definitely wordy. And I guess my images are that way too.
Oh my…I also see people glaze over when I’m trying to educate them to some important point that I think they should know. Yes, definitely wordy!
But I continue to brutalize my viewers with wordy paintings and can’t help myself. This must have been a continuation from my school days, and series paintings kind of sprung up in my work sometime and I didn’t notice it.
The Genesis Series of Egg Tempera seed paintings, is now up to number 31 (as of summer of 2013) and when it will stop no one knows. Most of the time when I start a series I have a pretty good idea of how many there will be. The Feeling Series was to be twelve paintings from the very start. Somehow twelve is a magic number. I picked an even dozen for no particular good reason. The Miss Puss and the Flower Series started out to be four paintings and was expanded to six …and then to 8 because I just couldn’t help myself, and maybe Miss Puss was complaining that there just weren’t going to be enough paintings of her. As of 2015 there are 11 paintings of Miss Puss in my Carrollwood Cultural Center show!
Some of my series are priced as a group, and others are priced individually. What’s the difference? It seems as if some need to go together and not be split up and others will stand on their own. Paintings in the Feeling Series and The Genesis Series and the Miss Puss Series seem to be able to stand alone, while the Primary Trilogy, for example, needs to be a set.