This painting was prompted by one of my book groups that meet for dinner before our book discussion. (Last week we discussed Harlem Shuffle, see my review here.) During our dinner before, there was a vociferous conversation about book banning, with STRONG opinions expressed, not that I disagree. That’s how the idea of this painting was born.
In my work, I often teach people that “mere opinion is valueless,” and I stand by that in general. My poem here expresses that point of view. However, when Principle comes into play, maybe it is more like conviction than opinion.
This painting is large for a pastel, measuring 26″x26″. See the entire work above, and close up details of it below.
I’m submitting this new work to a big show, but if you are interested in purchasing the original, let me know, and it may become available in the fall.
What do you think? Are any opinions helpful?