This is yet another painting of an area where I took many source photos about 10 years ago. My painting #21 was done just a few hundred metres from this spot.
I can clearly remember the day this photo was taken. I was driving home from work late afternoon after a typical African early summer thunderstorm.
The earth was soaked with water standing everywhere. I took a stack of source photos which have yielded quite a few watercolours. This is the first oil painting of this specific day’s series of source photos. Some of the source photos I used for this painting are shown below.
The image below shows how the final painting evolved from a work in progress.
The last three of my oil paintings have all dealt with roads, which is interesting because in my work as a civil engineer I deal almost exclusively with the design and maintenance of roads. But for me the significance of roads points another way…straight to the heart.
I have been looking at some poems that have a theme or a mention of roads in them. One of my favourites is this one by Friedrich Holderlin, translated by Robert Bly in his book News of the Universe. Below is my own shortened adaptation of this poem, with a bit of a Zen twist:
The roads are badand the chained elements keep wandering off.A longing to disintegrate is always present.Many things, however, have to stay on the shoulders.Steadiness is essential.Not looking ahead or back,remain intimate, ever arriving.Learn to live swaying,as in a rocking boat at sea.Adaptation after Friedrick Hoderlin’s All the Fruit