lattice new compositional drawing (2)

Fences keep things out and keep things in.  The apertures of the chain link fence let many things in — to say nothing of all the things that fly over it.  Animals and people are kept out or let in.  Birds and insects don’t know there’s even a fence.  For the bird or the insect, it’s a perch.  For the spider it’s a place to build the web.

Lattice fences hold a fascination for me.  I don’t know why.  But I note that many other things that I want to put into the painting have lattices in them also —  fish scales, owl feathers, cicada wings, dragonfly wings, a spider’s web, leaves (okay, that one’s a stretch — but Pierre Bonnard — ask him about little leafy squares), wave patterns ….

I had done the lattice before without awareness of the many connections, as the chain link fence in this drawing which is also a drawing for a painting that is “in the works.”

garden drawing (2)

The lattice is the ultimate in negative space.  Half the fun is that you can paint the thing and the space inside it too.  I see the whole picture as a matrix and a veil in front of the eyes, a reality one creates like the dreamer of Ursula Le Guin’s Lathe of Heaven.

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