Sunday, September 27, 2009
I have now decided to paint the things that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Naturally I would gravitate towards what I have been surrounded by for most of my life. I have tons of inspiration around me through my friends, family (lots of artists in my family), and the beauty of the south. You will find windows, doors and old buildings. I will definitely stick with this style for a while. I feel like I have a lot of growing to do and the inspiration is endless. All of these paintings are large ranging in the 24x36" range.
These are paintings from Charleston, SC. I find old buildings beautiful and full of character. I have always been intrigued by doorways and windows. You never know what is behind them or what will happen when they are opened. It changes the space and the mood. But I especially love the way the light hits and reflects off the subject...so I did a study. This was a huge learning process for me. I mostly learn how to paint by trial and error. I finally figured out thick over thin and light over dark. Makes a huge difference.
From the flowers I moved into another form of abstraction. The top painting, "Explosion" is free form. The point of focus for me was to let go and trust my instincts - to let my mind process.
The second piece started with a particular image in mind - a rooster. Maybe you can see it? I still tried to allow my form to flow and to not think too much about what I was doing.
The last painting began with symbolic meaning. There are certain images in this painting that represent moments and images that have had an influence in my life.
These were part of an abstract movement I was working through. A lot of flowers and gardens. I spent most of this time working with color theory and composition. I love to layer colors, smear them and scratch through them.