Black Forest - watercolor - 15" x 11"

Dave Martsolf

Windham, United States

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Conforming to the rules has always been my biggest problem. As a child hand-writing was my worst subject. For me it was like always being told exactly how I had to draw something.

The square grid portion of “Black Forest” shows the writing line freed from all but two of writing’s conventions. One, is to move in a direction (in my case, left to right). The other is to toe the unseen horizontal line. I can accept those constraints as we all must accept the constraints of timelines in this world and the inevitabiity of traveling to and from a pair of doorways we call life and death.

Here the line becomes for me the signature of the vibration of life and life’s emotions, twisted by the influence of others, fighting for a day in the sun, learning the way of calm, the mastery of the surf of life and the swell of love and anger. Brownian motion, cosmic ray decay, elemental particles, the paths of chaos, entropy, and rejuvenation, it all finds release in the line.

For the piece’s title, here it is the cake, not the geography.

For the potential customer, here’s a great idea – order eight of these, have them laminated and use them as placemats to impress your next dinner guests! Or mix and match with several other designs I have in this motif for a truly splendid dining experience!

All kidding aside, these abstracts do look great framed and hanging most anywhere in a residence. I tested this aspect myself. Enjoy!

This work is a watercolor on 90 pound cold press paper.

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