Hudson Valley studio view
It’s been three years this August since I bought a fixer upper farmhouse with view in Germantown. It may take the rest of my life to come to terms with what folks here call the “view shed” but these recent works on paper and oil studies are a beginning.
Moving studios after forty years in Soho was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It was also a great opportunity to reassess my paintings over time. Much of my older work is out in the world, and I hadn’t seen the backs of my storage units in years. Some of the early work looked pretty good, but some didn’t. I had the heady experience of ripping up about a third of my old paintings and keeping small fragments of areas that interested me. Since then I’ve been remounting these fragments, which become abstractions when seen in detail and out of context. It feels as if I’ve gone back in time and get to choose the road not taken.
Daisy Craddock January, 2019
oil on linen mounted to muslin, 8 × 8 inches each section, framed as one piece, 28 × 28 inches overall