i haven't painted since september 11th. partly because i have been busy with buying one house and selling another and moving to tucson. but also because i needed to use my creativity to deal with what was and is happening in the world around me. i can't do this with a painting, because the world i paint in doesn't have war, and i don't want my art to be about pain and grief, anger and violence. i want my art to be about beauty and peace. so i expressed myself verbally, here and elsewhere. that said, i find it interesting that this painting, like the first one i painted after the beginning of the gulf war ten years ago, began with extensive use of yellow and orange. that painting was titled "the terrible beauty of war". this one is tentatively titled "from chaos"