Here's a look at these seed-bean-things a week ago:
Various 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 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.
* 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 time—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.