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VOYAGE OF VIRTUE
34" x 28" Acrylic on watercolor paper

“Voyage of Virtue” was painted vertical (turn image clockwise) during a private abstract painting workshop with a young artist, at my Florida studio. During a demonstration of gestural painting, with oversized large brush, dripping with ink in hand, my entire arm made an expansive circular movement in front of the easel - only lightly touching the paper at lower center.

To dissuade the drizzles from traveling further down the paper, the piece was immediately removed from the easel and laid on the studio floor. Walking around it, viewing the image from all sides, the profile of a womans head and upper torso became clear within seconds. Both flushed with excitement, KQ then said something like...now how cool is that! And off to the easel he went.

Naming the painting came about a couple of weeks later as I was sitting at my desk, looking across the office, gazing at this piece while problem solving a studio issue. Seeing the image of the womans head reminded me of carved mastheads from the Viking era. Then the title popped into my head as I said, this situation is a voyage . . . of virtue!

With a little more thought about titling the piece “Voyage of Virtue” alongside the housekeeping issue in the studio and the metaphorical meaning of the Viking ship carvings . . . I then realized that this painting is a reminder about staying true to ones course, in light of adversity and to be open for creative solutions. A voyage of virtue indeed. Thanks much KQ for being an energetic participant in the creation process of this piece.

2003

VOYAGE OF VIRTUE
34" x 28" Acrylic on watercolor paper

“Voyage of Virtue” was painted vertical (turn image clockwise) during a private abstract painting workshop with a young artist, at my Florida studio. During a demonstration of gestural painting, with oversized large brush, dripping with ink in hand, my entire arm made an expansive circular movement in front of the easel - only lightly touching the paper at lower center.

To dissuade the drizzles from traveling further down the paper, the piece was immediately removed from the easel and laid on the studio floor. Walking around it, viewing the image from all sides, the profile of a womans head and upper torso became clear within seconds. Both flushed with excitement, KQ then said something like...now how cool is that! And off to the easel he went.

Naming the painting came about a couple of weeks later as I was sitting at my desk, looking across the office, gazing at this piece while problem solving a studio issue. Seeing the image of the womans head reminded me of carved mastheads from the Viking era. Then the title popped into my head as I said, this situation is a voyage . . . of virtue!

With a little more thought about titling the piece “Voyage of Virtue” alongside the housekeeping issue in the studio and the metaphorical meaning of the Viking ship carvings . . . I then realized that this painting is a reminder about staying true to ones course, in light of adversity and to be open for creative solutions. A voyage of virtue indeed. Thanks much KQ for being an energetic participant in the creation process of this piece.

2003