"The North Triptych: Wisdom & Emptiness, color feeling: White"
84"h x 120"w acrylic on canvas
The North is where the headwaters of the Lake of Friends enter from the right (northeast) panel. In the left (northwest) panel is a small blue upward-pointing triangle. The Dream has promised access into that hole at some time in the future. It leads to the upperworlds.
Portraits of the artist and his wife also populate the left panel as well as a found symbol of Flaws and the Umbiliform. These are formal constructs that inform much of the artist's work. It looks a bit like a poppy here. The concept of Flaws and of the Umbiliform can be found explained in detail in the artist's blog at bobcomings.com
The center panel presents a lot of the forest (The Cahomey Woods) that surround the lake. There is an actual hole in the panel (the embodiment of emptiness) that has been filled with a smaller panel on masonite covered in acrylic modeling paste with a curving incised line. That line was created while the paste was still wet. The artist stood centered in front of the inset panel, grabbed an X-acto knife with his left hand, then reached all the way to the right side of the inset panel and swung his arm swiftly and confidently until it fell off the left side. The resulting curve divided the panel into two sections. The artist worked hard to minimize any recognizable imagery in the white area to reinforce the notion of emptiness.