I went through many phases in this painting, thinking it was complete, even posting it on my Facebook page, only to realize after a couple of days, that it wasn’t setting right with me. I would then go after it again.
It’s finally “there” for me. The title is therefore not only a reference to a slow Sunday drive in the country which has no need to be rushed; but also a reminder that you can’t rush the completion of certain expressions of art.
I continue to experiment with transparent foundational washes, and letting them show through the thin subsequent layers. It all starts with a big wide brush in hand, a huge white canvas, and an idea in my head. Once that drippy foundation gets underway, though, anything can happen. Sometimes the paints and canvas insist on having their own way! In the end, it’s all about harmony.
The day I captured this photo, I was disappointed that the semi got “in the way” of the intriguing road with its rolling hills. I can’t imagine that now, because the truck soon became my favorite part of the photo.
Speaking of the truck, you deserve an explanation for the title, “Can’t You See a Truck is Coming and Blowing its Horn?!” It happens to be the first thing Dennis said when he saw this painting. If you’re a fan of the old Jerry Lewis comedies, you may recognize the phrase from the movie, “It’s Only Money.” It’s the scene where Jerry is trying to get oblivious fishermen to move out of his way while he drives a truck out on a pier. Because the whole scene cracks us up, we have found many ways over the years to use its phrases in everyday life. Another one is, “You’ve made my living life no death.” How you can even live your life WITHOUT this phrase is beyond me! 🙂 Another must-see scene in this movie is Jerry’s ad libbing when he accidentally gets shaving creme in his eye. Rent the movie; it’s definitely one of Jerry’s best.
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