Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Monday, October 24, 2016

"On the Street Where I Live"

"On the Street Where I Live"
mixed media acrylic painting and collage on canvas

I thought I would create 6 paintings that are more geometric in nature to contrast with the organic "rock"
paintings I did a few weeks (months?) ago.
Still working primarily with black and white here, but adding in some color.
How much color there will be overall in the six pieces is up to the work,
which often has a mind of its own even though I go in with an idea, like mostly black and white.
Some stitching is incorporated.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Wall Flower"

"Wall Flower"
mixed media on paper
10 x 13"

Combining fabric and fiber on paper with acrylic paint, pencil, and crayon.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Child's Play

"Child's Play"
mixed media collage

Trying to be loose.
Not as easy as one would think!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

When In Doubt...

"Remembering Alice"
mixed media collage

When in doubt, I make a collage.
It is my default art practice.
I don't know if that is good or bad, but it is the reality.

So, although I come back to collage over and over again, I am always trying to up my game,
making it richer and more layered.  Or using new techniques or materials.
I guess one has to stay true to and own the way it is that they think and create art.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I Needed a Little Color

All My Eggs, One Basket
mixed media

I am not done working with the black and white pieces but I needed a little bit of color.
That led me to this piece.
I liked to the long narrow format.
This was pure play.
I need to play more.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Damaged Corner of My Heart
acrylic paint, oil crayon and ink on canvas

This is the first piece in this series where a name for the piece developed as I worked.
I most often work from a concept or theme which drives the work.
In these black and white abstracts my intention was to just play with the black and white and the forms to create compositions and work on my painting skills.  That is why they have been untitled thus far.
Also something I hardly ever do.

But some discussions at my art group about titling work and how each of us begin a piece (working from a concept or working playfully with the materials)  caused me to go back to working from a concept which is what I prefer to do.
There is nothing that says I can't experiment and play within a concept.
So that is where this series is going to go.

 I struggled for a few days with a theme for all of the pieces I had created thus far and have settled on
"The Weight of Memory" as the overriding concept for the work.
The organic forms seem to be heavy and stone-like so that is where the idea of weight comes in.
Memory has been a big part of my work for 10+ years.
I like the idea that memory is an intangible, fleeting, shape-shifting, nebulous kind of thing which is in stark contrast to something solid, heavy and weighty.  I think the contrasts will enhance the development of each piece and drive the work making it more personal and hopefully richer and more layered.

I will repost the previous pieces soon with the titles I have settled upon each individual work.
In the meantime you can check out the black and white series so far on my website.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

To Stitch or Not To Stitch


acrylic on canvas with stitching

So...I didn't feel like it was done, so I painted some more and did a lot of work with the oil crayons.
I think it is more interesting now, but don't really know that the stitching adds anything.
 I really just wanted to see if I could stitch on the painted canvas and if I would like its affect.
I think there are some possibilities with the stitching although I think the way I stitched here is
in opposition to the more organic nature of the rest of the piece.

Open to critiques and suggestions.