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"Petrichor" is the term given to the smell of rain. ______________________________________
Titling a painting is challenging when I approach the work with nothing in mind but a set of tools and colors and allow the painting to emerge. This painting was such a challenge. I stared at it for some minutes, waiting to see what it called up in me and thought of the Johnny Nash song, “I Can See Clearly Now,” which has been covered by many other singers since the original was released in 1972. I am sure that many of you know it. But the song’s title did not feel like a fit with the painting, so I chased down the lyrics and found that the phrase after the title – the rain has gone – made the connection between the actual painting and my inner sense of it. I see the painting as capturing the mood that arises between the moment when rain ends and the moment when sunlight appears. Thus the title of the painting – “The Rain Has Gone.”
June 27th, 2021
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