Purple and Green
In 2020, my studio became the only place I could escape the stress of the pandemic. I’d paint joy for hours, often beach cottages and sweeping ocean views. I’d forget about the troubled world outside my door.
Then came the George Floyd murder in late May. My emotional response drew me back to my studio as the summer began. But this time I had to express in a painting my yearning for the healing of humankind. I did not know what would come out on my canvas.
I started by covering the entire canvas with white paint. As I progressed, all I could think about was a “whitewash.” Do we routinely cover up race problems? Do police always get away with abuse of non-white people? With each coat of white paint, I had a distressing emotional reaction.
When I was ready to paint the subject, I was calmer. Now I simply wanted to express love. I needed to paint unity over the whitewash. Literally. And the image had to be abstract, like a dream. A dream where people are equal, all worthy of love. A world where the only color difference between two people is the color of their shirts, the shirts that were already taking shape on my canvas. The title suddenly dawned on me, much like an epiphany.
Copyright © 2020 Paul Pedulla
Paul Pedulla is an internationally-recognized painter based in Boston. His work can be seen at his own studio at 450 Harrison Ave, studio 314, in Boston’s SoWa Arts District. He is also represented by Bee Street Gallery of Dallas, Coastal Contemporary Gallery of Newport, Rhode Island, JCO’s Art Haus of Los Gatos, California, Saugatuck Art Traders of Saugatuck, Michigan, Sharon Weiss Gallery of Columbus, Ohio and in the Art Collection at SerenaandLily.com. Paul’s works can be found in homes and businesses throughout North America and in Europe.