This large painting began as a rather cartoonish depiction of the Ken and Barbie dolls. When our children were young, I thought about the toys that were available and what kind of message they were sending. I wasn’t happy with how the painting was going, so one night, I made the decision to “attack” it like Willem de Kooning might do. I mixed large quantities of mostly primary colors and, using large brushes and broad, gestural motions, I slashed away. In those days, I painted in oil.
This painting is still with me. It was on our wall when the children were young and when relatives visited (Their glances conveyed opinions, withheld). It now keeps me company in the laundry room.