January 8, 2016

The Experience Sweet and Sad

Finally back in the studio this week, I am working on a painting of the Dupont Circle North metro stop, where a quote from Walt Whitman is etched in the concrete.  I've painted the scene before from a different angle, but from here, you see the end of the quote:  "the experience sweet and sad" It seems very fitting to my feelings right now. I've been working on getting the light right and keeping the figures in less resolved.  Might be done.

The full quote, from The Dresser by Walt Whitman, is:

Thus in silence in dreams’ projections, 
Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals;
The hurt and wounded I pacify with soothing hand,
I sit by the restless all the dark night — some are so young;
Some suffer so much — I recall the experience sweet and sad . . .

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