Adding to my new series "collections" here's collection 02. This grouping is really interesting to me because in my mind each of these pieces is just so different. And yet when I see them together with some distance between myself and the work, I can see my hand, my marks, my colors.
Creating these collections, really helps me see my tendencies. I notice what colors I use again and again. For example I knew I had a thing for this vermilion orange but I never thought of myself as a pink person and yet pink shows up in my work again and again. (Hence the new colors on my website and blog here.) I'm also noticing what kinds of marks I naturally make whether I'm holding a paintbrush, a palette knife, or a pencil.
Three of these four pieces are from June of 2015 and the fourth is from June of 2016. I find that fascinating. I had no idea when I put the four together when I painted each one except to say this year and last year! I guess they all have a summer vibe.
The abstract comes from a series of three. I was using some tribal prints and fabrics as inspiration for shape and pattern. This one is titled 'outer body experience' as I barely remember making it and it felt as if the whole thing just sort of painted itself.
The landscape is also from a series. Oil paints always seem like such a hassle to me but then on the other hand they have such a beautiful look. When I paint with oils my natural tendency is to use the palette knife and mix right on the canvas. At least that saves brush clean up! I find these palette knife paintings very meditative and I did many over that summer. This one is called summer sunset and loosely based on a photo I took.
After doing lots of landscapes and abstracts I started to notice how rocks can look like little landscapes themselves. I began an agate series and this was the very first agate I painted. That was such a fun series and so this one is kinda special to me.
And then last is the portrait of Steve Wolfe. It's part of my Monday Mournings series but it's the only one painted on an old book. The book is an old children's dictionary. If you look at Steve Wolf's art (he painted books, trompe l’oeil style, like you might reach into the page and open it!) it seemed fitting to put his portrait on an old book and was a nice change after painting about 20 portraits on panel.
So a few surprises for me in this collection...yellow! Yellow is not a color I use often but apparently I do use it. And when I do, I prefer a mustard or a yellow green. The brush strokes! They're broad and expressive. This collection is a little more loose than some of my other work and I like that.