Mother & Child
It appears that I might be on to something here…. I am really enjoying the series of semi-abstract floral paintings that I’ve been working on lately. I love the freedom of the washes (both watered down acrylic and rubbing alcohol delivered a la squirt bottle) that comprise the background, and the more controlled, technical aspect of the flowers themselves. I used a photograph of a bloom and a bud taken at my in-laws lake house here in Georgia. While the hibiscus isn’t my favorite flower (Gerbera daisies win that prize), I have always been drawn to their vibrant colors and the tropical vibe that they represent.
I’m trying to decide what I’ll use for my next subject. Sunflowers are popular and have a lot of character, but I’m not sold on them…. If anyone has any favorites, I’m open!
I started this one a long time ago, and decided that it needed to be left alone for awhile. I find that letting certain paintings marinate allows them to eventually arrive at their final destination with out any stress or creative ‘blocks’ on my end. Each act of creativity is something that begins within, and needs to manifest in whatever way it so chooses. Sometimes that means the artist has to leave it alone for awhile until it’s ready to arrive. I sat down with this one just a few days ago and out came the moon and the wicked seas.
I guess this time around I was in the mood for something a little surreal. I’ve always been fascinated by the way the position of the sun changes the colors of our environment. I remember (vaguely, for it’s been awhile) learning about this in high school physics class….something about the way the light is refracted as it passes through our atmosphere…. Regardless, I wanted to represent that in this painting, and couple it with the emotion that certain colors evoke. I hope you enjoy.
Oh my love affair with Colorado… Boulder, specifically. I lived the most free and eye-opening part of my life in Boulder while I attended the University of Colorado. I miss it terribly sometimes, but at this point in my life, for a number of reasons I think that vacations there will have to suffice. This painting is an homage to the beautiful Flatirons that I was fortunate to wake up to every morning for five years.
I have to laugh at myself as I write this post. Just the other day I was contemplating in which direction I should take this painting – follow my original plan or let the painting evolve into what it wanted to be. And, true to character, I compromised. I let it be what it wanted to be but infused some of my original ideas. I just love the spring here in Georgia and while I reside in Atlanta, I have a passion for the beauty and sense of mystery that I associate with coastal Georgia.
I have always been strongly influenced by the concept of fluidity in my art and in my life. Drawing from my studies in Eastern philosophy, I believe that there is a constant flow of life energy. Tapping into this level of consciousness is such an integral part of the creative process for me. It’s as if all of my creative ideas – be they fodder for my fiction books, images for my paintings, or concepts for my jewelry – exist in this realm of consciousness, just waiting there for me to tune in and pluck them out of the cosmos and give them life.
Acrylic on canvas
10″ x 20″
This painting was inspired by the abundance of flowering trees in Atlanta in the springtime, specifically of a photograph of a Dogwood tree in my side yard. The delicate arc of each petal captured my attention and inspired me to create this painting.
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