Paintings for Sale
Red square in the Midst of Paris
Normally, I do not do abstract paintings and this one started out as an experiment for using up all of the wonderful colors that I made while mixing my green and violet lessons. Initially, it reminded me of grapes hanging in a vineyard as one is lying on the ground looking up at them. But most people do not see that image. The most original idea came from a friend who said that it reminded him of a bird's eye view of Paris. And thus we have it's name. This painting is for sale.
Each Summer of directed study begins with an exercise called "pass the paint". Every member of the class has two minutes with a color (acrylic house paint) before it is passed to the person next to you. There were twenty three colors in all. I like this painting that resulted because it shows the fresh movement of what we were actually doing, the colors stayed pure, and some images began to appear. Later, I darkened the background to bring out the cruciform images that emerged. Look for three crosses. One of them is light colored, the other two are dark and overlap. This painting is on paper. It is for sale.
Our directed study this summer was to learn about Abstract Expressionism. To start out we watched a DVD by Virginia Cobb, noted Abstract Expressionist in the USA. Then we were to use some of her techniques on treated watercolor paper. This is my first attempt at Abstract Expressionism. I love the colors and the shapes. Hopefully, you will love it too. This painting is for sale.
This painting was made by using a Squeegee. Paint was applied from the tube in spots on the paper and pulled across with a Squeegee. Three different layers of color were applied before the first stamps of color, then more Squeegee work. The black lines are using a pastel-like crayon that melts into paint when wet; it is called Sauce. The theme of the black marks is the spiral. Multiple civilizations have used the spiral as part of their explanation for how the world began, or how life began. The only red spiral is the story of Christianity. It is small and complete. This painting is for sale.
At this point in our study of Abstract Expressionism I knew that I had to tell a story with my painting for it to have any meaning for me. If I don't love it , it doesn't get finished. I wanted to deal with the abstract concept of God's Love and an abstract full of symbolism seemed to be the way to do it. The circle in the upper right is God and his love for us. The heart/love symbols are falling all around the paper. Some are clear and some are diffused or barely visible. In the bottom left a hand is reaching out to receive God's Love. In some ways this is very simplistic... but theology says the it was never meant to be hard... just trust that it is true. This painting uses the Squeegee, white Sauce, and iridescent gold paint. This painting is for sale.
Journey of the Bumblebee
This painting was rumbling around in my head while I was finishing "God's Love". It is about the ordinary daily activities of God's creature, the Bumblebee. I wanted the feeling of a field with layers of flowers upon flowers. To get this I made stamps of gesso/matte medium in flower shapes all over the paper before I even began to apply the Squeegee colors. Sometimes they were high enough to hold onto the Squeegee colors and sometimes not. Layers of color later, the gray Sauce Bumblebee path was drawn and fixative was applied to keep it from smearing. Then flowers were painted on, Squeegee layer of antique gold, and more flowers. The final Bumblebee path and the Bee itself was painted in iridescent god and then black Sauce was put on top. To me this Bumblebee is going about its daily activities and being exactly what God always intended it to be, no pretense, no guise, just itself. This painting is SOLD.
Silent Night, Frozen Night
Early on in my Squeegee pulls of different blues, these iceberg shapes emerged. I wanted to keep them to remember our trip to Alaska several years ago. And seven layers later it had a high skyline and six chunks of ice floating in the frozen water. But it needed more. I wanted a curtain-like shape to hang over it all like the Aurora Borealis and I used a combination of Interference Green and Interference Blue to make that curtain. The Interference shines in an iridescent glow as the light hits it at different angles. I ended up using ten different colors to make "Silent Night, Frozen Night". This painting is celebrating the quiet stillness of a frozen winter night. This painting is for sale.
In this last Abstract Expressionist painting, I used all of the techniques that Virginia Cobb described in her DVD so that in a way it is a tribute to her. I had no story about this painting in mind until it was completed, like her also. To me, it reminds me of different photos that I have seen of brittle bones at a microscopic level, or muscle cells, or blood flowing through the body carrying nutrition, or red synapse messages jumping from nerve to nerve in the background. Other people don't see these things so don't feel bad if you don't see it. My husband loves it. This painting is for sale.
Papillon y Mariposas
The star of this painting is Lucas, my papillon dog. I have seen a wallpaper that had butterflies all over it and that is the idea behind this painting. Papillon means butterfly in French and Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish. The papillon dog is named after a butterfly because it's ears are shaped like butterfly wings. I also wanted to add some interest to the composition so that I introduced a creeping shadow over the wallpaper and Lucas. Note the colors in the hairs of his ears. Lucas is morphing into the butterflies on the wall. Lucas died in May 2010 and I cannot bear to part with the original but I will make giclees if requested.
Our oldest daughter and her two boys live with us currently. Therefore, I get to know my grandsons on a daily basis. Nathan has a vivid imagination and he talks about all the things that he is going to do and be when he grows up. That is the idea for this painting about little boys and their dreams. The highlights on the hair are symbolizing these dreams growing in the mind of a little boy. This painting is for sale.
Adolescent out of Step
Here in St. Petersburg, FL we have wild life interwoven with suburbia. The Snowy Ibis in this painting are parading across the surface of this canvas just like they parade across the lawns of many neighborhoods here in town. The adult birds are wary of danger but the adolescents have much to learn. A flock of all adolescent birds will walk out into the street when a car is coming or not fly away quickly when a dog approaches; High risk behavior. You can tell an adolescent bird by the brown feathers that are being weeded out by white feathers over the summer weeks. The adolescent in this painting is bizarre in his high risk behavior but any parent of a human adolescent will smile knowingly at this. We have seen something similar at home. It is a silly painting on purpose. This painting is for sale.
Every June we liven up the summer by doing something called "Pass the Paint" at the Dazzio Art Experience. We have 20 colors of house paint and only two minutes with each color. This painting was done with sponge brushes, house paint, and watercolor paper that was thoroughly soaked with water. It was such a success that I am now using it for stationary cards and giclee prints.
This painting is another "Pass the Paint" success. The day before it was painted, Nathan gave me a little flower that was like this... And so I turned it into very big flower painting. This painting was done with sponge brushes, house paint, and watercolor paper that was thoroughly soaked with water. I have made stationary cards and giclee prints of this one too.
This third "Pass the Paint" painting is in response to learning that a member of our group is expecting her second child. I had to get Lucas in the painting somehow so that I posed the situation of the dog baby getting replaced by the new human baby. Proportions are hard to do when a new color is coming at you every two minutes but it turned out okay. This painting is for sale.
Black and White #103 (Mother and Child Nebula)
I have been told by people who have looked at this painting while on it's side (the two black spaces toward the top) that it looks like an ultrasound of a fetus. I saw the two black holes as the eye sockets of a skull. But when it is turned so that the larger of the black holes is at the top, a new shape emerges... it is the head of a mother and the smaller black space becomes a small child. In Christian theology, all three views have validity. The fetus/child is Christ who came to earth to conquer death while becoming man, born of a woman. This painting is for sale.
Black and White #104 (Spider web)
When my grandson painted his painting with the navy paint, he made a spiral shaped solar system. It turned out really neat and I decided to make my own spiral, but using two pieces of watercolor paper (that I temporarily joined during the painting process). I used my standard technique of layering from dark gray to lighter grays on a very wet surface. The layers ran into each other and connected each other so that it started to have a web-like quality. I used the Gold Interference and the Red Interference to reestablish the spiral again. I mounted the two parts of the painting on a board painted black with antique gold splotching. This painting is for sale.
Black and White #106 (Scorpion/Snake)
My husband and I love New Mexico and we go there as often as possible. After our most recent trip there I worked on this painting. I had started it before we left, and I just could not make sense of it. When I returned from our trip, the big scorpion began to emerge. I also saw the undulating snake next to it, but I was advised by Judi Dazzio to make the snake less important. She was right. The Green Interference finds the shapes and the Gold Interference makes a diagonal across the page... balancing the diagonal of the scorpion.
This painting is for sale.
After two "deep" paintings it was time for some fun. Our critique group was asked by a business down the street from our gallery to do some rhino paintings in honor of the opening of their business "Rhino Productions". I chose to do a humorous approach because let's face it rhinos are rather funny looking. Originally I was doing it in black, white, and gray to work out the values and then I was going to add the color. But it looked so good in the neutrals that I kept them. The sky started out as the gesso black which I streaked with Alizarin Crimson in a Glazing Medium. The glazing was overlapped more and more as I came down to the horizon line. Then I made a glaze that contained Cadmium Orange and streaked that over the red at the halfway point and down. Finally, I made a glaze with Cadmium Yellow and put it at the horizon line. It looked like early morning on the savannah to me. The perfect time to have some morning java and then change for the day.
I have made a giclee of this painting and will make up to 50 total. The original painting is Not For Sale... Only the giclee prints.
The star of this Christmas painting is Remy our remaining Papillon. He is very cute when he climbs into his quilted dog house in our bedroom. He digs around inside it, ruffling the lining until it feels just right, then he hangs his head out of the door. He was looking out of it one day and we snapped a photo of him. He loves to give lick kisses, hence the name of this painting. This is one of the paintings that I have blank stationary cards made from. This painting is currently hanging in the Dazzio Gallery. This painting is for sale.
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