I have had the opportunity to paint special paintings for several clients this year. Here is the latest commission "Hidden Writings". I like to take this time to show you the path of my work. It is not always the same but this client wanted a certain rawness that needed a lot of under painting and the editing to hide and reveal the details. I will post several of in process paintings or details and the the final result.
The image on the left is the beginning rounds of color, sorry it was cropped. The painting on the right the edit is beginning.
These paintings are finished and in their new home. It was fun to paint and fun to see them finally hanging.
Some of my biggest challenges are worked out on the canvas. I may sketch out a composition before hand but the painting always seems to have a mind of it's own. Then the color! A client envisions one thing and I another.
This year the above "Construct" was in an exhibit at Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA. During the exhibit which was on line poets were invited to create poems about artwork in the exhibit. Poetry that is inspired by art is called Ekphrasis. Two poems were written about this sculpture/painting.
Patchwork Life by Vatsala Menon
Life as I know it, is a patchwork of highs and lows, rough and smooth
Held together with strands of Time
Sometimes strong, sometimes frail
And yet we strive to glue our lives
Into a mosaic of good and the bad
Strive to live our lives as best as we can.
Haiku 5 by Laurie McCarriar
choosing paper strips
constructing in rhythm
grids made and unmade
Sometimes during these unusual times we work on new ideas. I have been playing with paper for awhile but last week I did a couple of different things. Corrugated cardboard has been a new asset to my art tool box and a sander. I have missed power tools and working at home has given me some freedom to explore.
Many of you have never been on an artist residency. It is a time we go somewhere to work on our "work" with out the world entering in to our creative time. Sometimes great things come from this time and sometimes it is just a time to get our heads on.
So, I am pretending that during this very challenging time in all of our lives that I am on a residency sponsored by the Corona Virus As I have mentioned earlier I am at my home studio in the basement. It is not glamorous but I can work whenever I want and do not have to be 6 feet from anyone.
All this said I will be posting this interesting and challenging work and begin to talk about what I am actually doing. Many times it is very hard to express why we are making what we are making but it needs to be made!
Just an update. Neither of these pieces (blog post 3-4-20) made it to the finish line. Of course disappointed because I felt they were strong pieces for a process themed show in a Women's made Gallery. But on to the next....
We all have to deal with rejection but there is something about putting you heart into your work and being rejected. I recently submitted the piece above for a works on paper show.....Who knows what will happen. One thing is for sure is the painting will be seen by more people because of the submission than sitting in my studio:)
I found this article recently from Artwork Archive, "How to handle rejection as an artist" This line really spoke to me:
"By leaning into rejection, it is possible to learn more about your audience, build your confidence, and become a better artist."
Hope you enjoy the article and I'll let you know how the show selection goes.
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