Sam McWilliams

The Traffic Cone Series 2013

The Traffic Cone Series is an homage to these little orange buddies I see scattered throughout the daily landscape. I find their shape, form and colors somehow comforting and humorous, grounding and ever-present.

Painting them allowed me the pleasure of really looking, to spend time staring at an object and describing with paint what I see. Both the looking and the time painting are anchors as solid as these sturdy, flexible cones, grounding a person in this world.

I am interested in the form and the surface. It’s a luxury to describe a luminous body and its surface texture with paint. I get excited when a flick of paint gains meaning through our optical-cerebral connection; a touch of ochre becomes a discarded cigarette butt stuck in a crack of cement.

I also got to spend time with a color palette I love and see reflected all around me: the warm and cool grays of San Francisco’s streets and skies, the bits of color injected by our human lives, smashed red gum, splattered blue paint, chalky-white markings, and the lovely, humble orange cone, with its character and life experience written all over its bright little body.

Thanks for looking with me,

Sam

 
 
 
 

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