A Week Later, Sprouts

Here's a look at these seed-bean-things a week ago: Various works in progressVarious works in progress, acrylic on canvas, 2015 by Sarah Atlee.

Since then, I've polished off three.

Reflected Root. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 8 inches, 2015 by Sarah AtleeReflected Root. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 8 inches, 2015 by Sarah Atlee.

Rigor Samsa. Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, 2015 by Sarah Atlee.Rigor Samsa.* Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, 2015 by Sarah Atlee.

Heavy Bean. Acrylic on MDF, 10 x 7 inches, 2015 by Sarah Atlee.Heavy Bean. Acrylic on MDF, 10 x 7 inches, 2015 by Sarah Atlee.

* Rigor Samsa is a term borrowed from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

n. a kind of psychological exoskeleton that can protect you from pain and contain your anxieties, but always ends up cracking under pressure or hollowed out by timeā€”and will keep growing back again and again, until you develop a more sophisticated emotional structure, held up by a strong and flexible spine, built less like a fortress than a cluster of treehouses.

Some elements remain, others are covered or scraped away. Such is the evolution of a painting.