Bottom of the Bucket - A Painting Created by Friends
Oil, oil pastel, iron, and silver leaf on gesso board
36 x 36 inches
(Please visit this post for the story behind this painting.)
I would like to do a bit of an experiment. Please give me one colour (simple colours please...I'm not very fancy), and I will build an abstract painting with anyone who would like to contribute. I'll post photos in the comments below as I go. Kind of like a choose your own adventure painting. When you stop adding colour suggestions, I'll stop painting. The painting will be complete. The adventure over. Anyone want to play?To my delight someone quickly replied. Then a few more people and a few more people. What I thought was going to be a simple project to jumpstart my creative juices turned into a meaningful collaborative effort. I (poorly) photo-documented each colour suggested as I went, and shared them with my friends in a stream in the comments of that original post. Along the way I also asked for some favourite writing on community. I incorporated some of those suggestions into the painting as I went along as well.
"However small a landmark the old bucket is, it is not trivial. It is one of the signs by which I know my country and myself. And to me it is irresistibly suggestive in the way it collects leaves and other woodland sheddings as they fall through time. It collects stories too as they fall through time. It is irresistibly metaphorical. It is doing in a passive way what a human community must do actively and thoughtfully. A human community too must collect leaves and stories, and turn them into an account. It must build soil, and build that memory of itself—in lore and story and song—which will be its culture. And these two kinds of accumulation, of local soil and local culture, are intimately related.")