Cynthia Sobel

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I strive to give my paintings the fluidity of water so that the colors move around the picture plane.  While it is the digital age, in creating the painting, I emphasize the movement of the hand, the arm, the body, the brush and the pen.  I am interested in rhythm and breaking the rhythm; deliberation and spontaneity, mood and passion.  Colors spill and run together.

Reflections of my memories constantly appear.  For example, they sometimes start with my childhood memories of wading in rivers, stones under my bare feet, looking through the water so I could trap minnows and tadpoles with my hands.  I think of clouds moving across the sky and the patterns of light filtering through the leaves above my head.  The memories and the forms on the canvas to which they relate are evanescent, “You have the form, then you lose it, then you get it again.” (de Kooning).  The resulting images are not literal, but are open to interpretation, capable of depicting something different each time they are viewed.  The viewer must make his or her own discovery.

My canvases are like a walk in the woods without a path.  It is only subtle signs that show the way out, always toward the light.  In many ways, the painting is “not an image but an event.” (Rosenthal on Kline)