From Portland painter Carol Basch: “I wake up, have an espresso, and take a photo of my fig tree from the front window. I have been doing this every day since March. The figs have become lusher and are hanging from the swirling branches.

“During these months, my color palette has been changing and I have been giving free reign to what is transpiring, watching the orchids wilt and change color.

“Starting with loose brushstrokes, I attempt to keep a sense of the “subject” and then gently obliterate it. In these paintings I erase the real shape, contour, so that these forms can merge and disappear and reappear; my love of strong contours with my brush pulling shapes within a shape.

“The unknown of the world today affects everything…”

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Image: “Breath” by Carol Basch