Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Paintings


Guardian
12" x 18"
acrylic on paper



These two images signal a return to painting. I am reminded once again how much I love flinging paint around. Unlike craft, there is no pre-planning or pre-sketching with the reward of a theme or symbol emerging in the finished abstract. It is a direct connection to the unconscious.

A few additional pieces, not shown, suggested various figures which I am trying to develop using water-soluble crayon. It is easy to erase lines or whole sections with a wet sponge. Using marks on top of dried acrylics has opened my mind to mixed media, beginning with an under-painting of acrylics. Returning to Mary Todd Beam’s book Celebrate Your Creative Self, I see her examples of refining designs using colored pencils. More discoveries!



Explosion
12" x 18"
acrylic on paper

8 comments:

  1. These are beautiful. Yes, paintings can go into very unexpected paths and that is what it makes so fascinaing.

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  2. I really do like these 2 pieces. It's just what I have in my mind but can't seem to know how to get it on paper......maybe you just gave me a huge boost in the right direction!

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  3. Exactly, Diana. That’s why I think I love painting more than any other art.

    Hi Star. Thanks for visiting. I’m glad I might inspire you to just play and have fun!

    Thank you, Jude. Faces, figures, angels, statues, and guardians all seemed to appear in these and other pieces done in a few days. It was a theme I didn’t plan and don’t know where they came from.

    I always appreciate your comments, Chris; thank you.

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  4. These are beautiful, they're both different, the first mysterious and the second, a gorgeous explosion of colour.

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  5. Thank you, Alexi. Often, it is hard to not repeat yourself in painting and I’m always thrilled when happy accidents make that possible.

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