I'm a big fan of the emotion, joy. The thing that mose fascinates me about "joy" is the fact that joy and sadness can coexist. Joy is transcendant. I love that. Here is a scene full of joy in the swirl of life that otherwise may not be so joyful.
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I am working on a series of 10 paintings that view America through the lens of acrobats. I ride the train to Philadelphia daily and use the people standing on the platforms as my models. I have to be pretty quick about it. But I am enjoying putting them into situations that require balance and skill. The nuances are the tough parts of course. By the time I actually paint this series, the details of the face will be a very important part of the meaning of the series. I don't mean them to be clowns or acrobats. It's all metaphor. We'll see if I can pull this off.