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Home Stretch

With summer nearing quickly, so is my time in Israel, and this is causing me a bit of a panic. Have I painted the bedroom enough? Have I painted anything enough? Two years ago, my fiance came up with a new problem to solve in the world of condensed matter physics, and two days ago he found the solution. It is an enormous relief and a cause for celebration, a marvelous achievement after an important post-PhD assignment at the Weizmann Institute – but it also means that we will be moving on to a new place soon. New problems to create and solve. Packing, moving, and unpacking. Looking for a new apartment, discovering a new neighborhood.

I can’t quite relate to the kind of relief he is feeling, even though the parallels between painting and physics are so striking. As a painter, I can spend a heck of a long time on a painting, trying to resolve it as I discover new problems along the way – but whether the official “end” of a painting refers to relief and the solution to the problem is another unknown. I can paint a ton of failures, one after the other, filling a room with them. The worst is perhaps when I paint a failure but don’t know it. Just last week, I splurged on 30 new wooden panels. They are not too large (for moving and packing) but already I have started paintings on nine of them. I am trying to balance the urge to paint more with the desire to paint sincerely and honestly and with the knowledge of limited time and impending change.


Blue Diagonal

As I paint my messy home with nostalgia of our time in Israel, I am looking forward greatly to knowing what our new home will be, knowing that it is around the corner. Somewhere and sometime soon. Although we can change countries and cultures with a mere airplane ride, I think that the memories of places stretch from one place to another, exerting themselves on how we think and what we find important, despite the distance of time and place.


Postcard Painting



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  1. April 16, 2011

    Great writing, great paintings…love the way you express yourself in both mediums. Love what you said in the end of the post about the lingering memories of past places…in my own way i try to incorporate those into my own work.
    Wish you much success with your work and the moving..
    josef

  2. Rebecca Harp #
    April 16, 2011

    Thanks Josef! I just went to take a look at your paintings, and really enjoyed that square painting. Thanks for following along here.
    Rebecca

  3. April 16, 2011

    Rebecca! After reading your post I understand the title
    “Home Stretch” and find it most appropreate!
    Moving on to the next things in life will keep you on your toes.
    Your paintings say so much, I enjoy them often. I also look forward to your next adventures in painting. All the best!

    • Rebecca Harp #
      April 17, 2011

      Thanks William! All the best to you, and always happy to read your comments here!

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