Posts Tagged ‘chairs’

Fluidity

September 2, 2012

Chandelier diptych (each canvas 8 x 8”)

Several months ago after talking with my husband (still so fun saying that!) about my artwork (which is he is so supportive of, by the way!), I was saying how I wanted my work to go in a more fluid direction.  I still love pattern, and will always use it, but I find myself wanting to create more fluidity in my work and create more transparent washes of color – almost disturbing the pattern a little bit.

This has been an interesting challenge with doing mixed media, as the very nature of it lends itself to hard edges and difficult transitions.  One solution to this is creating more drawing elements.  This diptych, shown above, will eventually include a drawing of this chandelier that I will leave the pencil lines and bring out the highlights with white acrylic.

Here is another one I am working on – with architectural drawing elements and collage.

Detail of “Making It Our Own” – about 3/4 of the way done

I also just completed a new circular painting called “Alter” with these same principles in mind.  I wanted the figure to BECOME the background – as if to fade away.  The intact part that remains is the “alter” of the heart.

Another challenge with this piece was the pose.  I didn’t want it to look seductive, but rather vulnerable.  Hopefully I succeeded.  There is a vulnerability that is happening in my own life with being a newlywed, but I am also still CONSTANTLY learning to be vulnerable spiritually and not let my heart become hardened.

This piece is all paint – no drawing or collage.  As “old school” as this sounds – I still love painting the figure.  It is challenging (especially using acrylic!!) and time-consuming, but the end result is worth it.

“Alter”, acrylic on canvas, 24” diameter

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New Last Name and New Beginnings

August 17, 2012

Our wedding at Covenant Presbyterian – photo by Cali Ashton Photography

As promised, things got busy, things got wonderful, and now we are married (with GREAT photos by Cali Ashton Photography!)  I can’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.  He is my best friend.  He makes me laugh til I cry.  He is a spiritual leader.  He is my love. 🙂  BUT, I digress…

I have been a busy little bee in the studio – with the help of my new studio buddy, Murphy… 🙂

Here is Murphy doing what he does best – laying down, looking cute, and most likely thinking about food.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have been experimenting with some new forms and cranking out some new mixed media pieces, which have been really fun and challenging.  I have been phasing out self-portraiture in my work, and the mixed media pieces have offered a nice transition into new ideas and figures.

First piece with a chandelier…which I liked a lot.

I am also getting ready for the Art in Autumn show in Weaverville, NC, which will be my first outdoor show!  This means I (well, WE) had to buy a new white 10’x 10′ tent, and mesh wall panels on which to hang my work.  This was not cheap, so we are praying for good sales!

Spode Blue Italian

I am also expecting, as I have mentioned before, to use this “nesting” time as inspiration as well – which includes but is not limited to – our new everyday china, “Blue Italian” by Spode, birdcages, candles, furniture, and so on…

Birdcages on the mantle

Also, I went to a used bookstore here in Chattanooga (that I can’t remember the name of…oops) where I bought a book on fish and another about the Rococo period – both of which I plan on using as collage elements in the mixed media pieces.  The idea of a school of fish aimlessly being tossed to and fro by the current appeals to me for some reason.

Pictures of fish I cut out

I am also about halfway through a circular painting, too, which I will post about later.  I plan on always returning to this form in some way or another.  It’s too much a part of me.  Until then…

Chairs and Other Obsessions

May 25, 2012

Lately I have been STRONGLY drawn to a few different types of imagery lately – chairs, ghost images of houses, and flowers.  Well, ok – I have always been drawn to flowers…but the attraction is a lot stronger lately.

My notebook of cutout collections

It is always fascinating to me how the subconscious works itself out – if I let it.  When I am in an art-making frenzy for a show (or just in general) I always love seeing how similar motifs appear over a series.

For instance, I just recently discovered that a couple of years ago (while I was still single) I kept painting myself.  Alone.  In pretty dresses.  Not just any pretty dresses though – old BRIDESMAID’S dresses – which, at the time, were the fanciest dresses I owned – which was the original reason I chose them.

However, I was also fighting the loneliness, self-doubt, and spiritual struggles that came with me wanting to already be married, but still being single.  Looking back, I can see the struggles and triumphs that I faced as a single woman wanting to be in a different life situation, and it came out through my art.

“A Certain Place”, acrylic on canvas, 30” in diameter, 2009

I see it in the poses of the figures.  I see it in the dresses that I chose.  I see it in the color palette.  I see it in the highly patterned backgrounds juxtaposed with the realistic figure.

I am excited to see what these new obsessions – chairs, flowers, mixed media instead of straight painting, ghost images of houses – coupled with so many life changes – moving to a new city, being engaged, being married – will manifest in the coming months leading up to the wedding and beyond.

MORE CHAIRS!

I have always loved cutting things out and arranging them together.  I used to do it as more of a way to sketch out ideas for paintings, but these are starting to take me in a new direction.

I cut these out of an old botanical illustration book.

Some of these cutouts have been in my notebook for years, and I am just now using them.  I am quite the packrat when it comes to art materials, which is serving me well right now in this new phase of life and art.  Some of these images that I cut out years ago have a completely different meaning to me now.

Love the Bleeding Heart – will have to use that flower carefully.