fall colors

My favorite season….fall.

It has finally cooled off here– no more 100 degree heat.  The mornings are a little chilly, and the afternoons are warm with a cool breeze.  Amazing what that can do for your outlook.  Perfect weather to make some art!

Within the past few weeks, I’ve completed about two dozen new works of art, from tiny 4 x 4″ works, to larger paintings and mixed media pieces.  Some of them I started several months ago, and others I started and finished within a couple of days.  I wanted to share a couple of the “before” and “after” pics with you.

Here’s a photo of some ‘works-in-progress’ that I posted on my Facebook page back in July.  I had been having fun layering paint, spraying the wet paint and watching it run.  I didn’t really know where I was going with these paintings, but I like to work on top of a layered background anyway, so at least I had a starting point.

And here’s how they ended up–

This painting, “Home” started out as the painting on the far left (above).  As you can see, not much of the original underpainting is left, and the canvas was turned horizontally rather than vertically.  The layered underpainting did help create a jumping off point.  I started scraping layers of paint on top of it, and added layers of glazes for depth.  I was encouraged by my friend Robyn to do a larger version of ‘Home,’ as the first one was just 6 x 12.” So this canvas seemed to be a good fit.I changed up the colors a bit, but I’m really pleased with how it came out.

"Give Yourself Freedom"
“Give Yourself Freedom”

This one started out as the painting in the center (top photo).  Again, not much of the original layers are showing.  I absolutely love the deep turquoise blue.  I don’t think the photo shows the colors very well — I may have to get one of my professional photo friends to help me out with a better shot.    It’s got a nice, glossy varnish on top that brings out the juicy colors.  I did a little writing in charcoal between the layers of paint, and that’s where this painting gets it’s title, “Give Yourself Freedom.”   I think I was listening to a Tivo’d episode of Oprah late one night, and got inspired by that phrase, which struck a chord with me, because I think much of what holds me back is not restrictions given by anyone else but myself.  Just in case you can’t tell, the white spot on the canvas is actually a keyboard piece that says ‘enter.’

As far as the third painting from the studio shot (the one with the figure in the top photo), it’s still a work in progress.  I think I’ve almost worked it to death.  We’ll see if it survives or gets reincarnated.

(Update:  The third painting did, in fact, get reincarnated – only the bird survived.   It is now “The Progression of Things.”

Here it is:

The Progression of Things
The Progression of Things

pushing my buttons

Home

So, as I briefly mentioned in my last post, I’ve started playing around with text a little bit more in my work.  I’ve already been using text for a while, but mostly through collage only.  I recently came across some old keyboards and thought some of the keys might make some interesting additions to my work.

The above image is a piece of art that I just finished, titled “Home.”   I’ve had it in the works for a while, layering on color and washes, creating texture and depth.   I thought it looked like a landscape or seascape, until I added the pears (a symbol I’ve used in other works).   Suddenly it became a still life.  The pears are collaged from wallpaper (another domestic reference), but I painted on top of them so much, you can’t see much of the original.   I found the perfect text for this one:  “Home.”  I even left the key messy with paint, to reflect my lived-in, imperfect, but creative home.  I’m trying to remind myself that it’s ok if things aren’t perfect, that just makes them more interesting.

 

The computer keys are a fun element to add into my work, adding a little bit of three-diminsionality, but also contributing to the meaning of the art.  Here’s a tiny work that I did recently, only 4 x 4″, titled “Down.”  A reminder to sit down and enjoy life once in a while.  Breathe.

 

 

  Crossing borders.  Breaking molds.  Refusing situations.  Avoiding consequences. 

 Esc

 Is escape a good thing or a bad thing?  Like everything, it depends on the context.

 

Esc