But the conquest of the physical world is not man’s only duty. He is also enjoined to conquer the great wilderness of himself. The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.
James Baldwin, The Creative Process, via brainpickings.org
Work on this painting stretched over five months, from November 2015 to April 2016.
I know this because for the first time I got methodical about the cell-phone photos I habitually take at the end of the day. This time I set up a tripod and hit the shutter every time I remembered it, sometimes with a timed delay. In the end I had taken 1,235 photos, enough to put together an entertaining time-lapse instant replay of the process:
Even to me, that seems like a lot of circles.
Here are a few of them close-up:
Photos of the finished painting installed at Blank Space Gallery in NYC: