I’ve been taking a fresh look at this painting, “Quarter Notes,” which is about a year old now. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed too easy, but that’s a ridiculous way to think about creativity.

Though I’d used molding paste in other works, I thought of it as frosting this time, which made it far more pleasing to work with. Molding pasted is used in both of the metallic circles.

mixed media, abstract art

Can’t see it in the photo above, but I added sand to the paint used in the blue and black circles for a very different effect. No one but me would care, but that sand came from a place I like to go with the dog in winter. Surfside, TX is a sleepy Gulf coast town where I find it pretty easy to think and write and sketch or just be.

So that sand is why I really like “Quarter Notes.” I look at this painting, and this is what I see:

Surfside Beach, February 2014. Perfect sand, not a soul in sight, temps in the low 70s.
Surfside Beach, February 2014. Perfect sand, not a soul in sight, temps in the low 70s.