I painted this using a material being sold as a picnic table cloth. I saw it as canvas.
The impetus for painting it? President Bush, 2005.
In my art I’ve gravitated toward some visual patterning. Typically, after doing something enough times I’d start noticing and noticing how good it made me feel. Like the painting of five of something. Five trees. Five hairs. Putting a hand up, five fingers. Count me in. Five feels complete.
In this piece there are at least five fives. Three of them are the peaks on the crown, the cypress, the obscurings crossing the face.
In my book five has weight. Five is the handshake – universal, solid, human.
Principle Obscura is older brother to another piece I painted in 2009 with a different President in the White House, American Male. It is growth and spring green with laurels on it’s head. It uses the same picnic fabric as canvas.