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A couple weeks ago, in January, when it was as cold as a frozen bone, I made a large fire, using logs of birch, because I wanted some chunks of embers and ashes for next painting. My idea was an abstract representation of my studio, a painting that would embrace the heavily textured surface of the canvas. 

 

I started by using tape to portray the images I thought I might want. That took a couple of days,staring at the canvas, taping and retaping, until I felt I had an image that I liked. I knew from the start that I would use orange, yellow, and black. A strong and uncomplicated color scheme.

The Studio is 36 x 36, on a gallery canvas.