This painting was finished in early March, 2008. The changes in the week or two right before that point were pretty dramatic. It had been a dark painting for months. The inspiration right at the end came from a very beat up street tree that I walk by every morning between the house and the subway. Then just piles of white paint and the lights came on.
A little after the painting was finished, I walked down that street again and the tree had been removed. A year later a new ginkgo was planted in the same spot. I’m happy to say that the new tree is doing fine so far.