I was laying in bed the other night thinking about this painting and wondering what to name it. I kept thinking of the horizontal gray stripes and how they remind me of all the fantastic scenes in film noir full of smoke and stripey shadows. Like this great still from "To Have and Have Not" starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall:
Bogie fell for Bacall in real life while they were shooting this movie, and the chemistry is SMOKIN HOT. Hot dog, Humphrey Bogart, I love you (#HopelessCrush) and if I ever grow up, I would like to be Lauren Bacall.
(There are other influences from other eras going on here, too. Like the pointiness in the letters, which reminds me of 80s film credits. But that's another story.)
I was working on this at night, lit only by a desk lamp, so here's a noir photo of the studio.
I have other associations with this painting. My husband said it reminded him of a cave, so it also hearkens back to the two desert paintings I've done so far.
But most of all I picture it in the background of a sweeping drama about true love versus deception, with shades of meaning in every line.
"The next morning, she walked in.
She told me she loved me, but I wondered whether to believe her."