This is the second time I have used these forms in an airy above earth type abstract. Each time I feel like doing something else below the form but as I spend time with it…it is just right the way it is. The titles speak to my family roots or at least plays with those roots…as i am sure those that know us will smile. I tried to make the clouds more abstract and at least one over the shoulder critic pointed out the clouds don’t have holes in them…well mine do :-) A couple of people have pointed out these shapes are like kites, I see that, but honestly I wasn’t going for that…but for the viewer art can be about what you see and what amuses you…the mind is a free space after all. Now maybe if I add a bowler hat and a green apple, hmmmmm…nah too corny ;-)
Oh, for those just finding me you might try looking at my earlier posts, my style is abstract but as you will see I bounce around as to the type of stuff I do…just a suggestion,thks.
15×20 in. mixed media on illustration board. LONGER EXPOSURE AND DIFFERENT LIGHTING, BETTER PHOTO,TRY CLOSE-UP NOW. When I published this newer photo it deleted everyones likes and comments that were on at the time, SORRY,my bad...
Found some long forgotten hot pressed illustration board and it is wonderful to work with using my medias. After playing with a few colors I set out to make use of the play piece, hate to waste anything…must be GREEN as possible. For days I kept at clouds, sky, and farm land before it came to focus in my mind. Rectangles! The patchwork land from above is rectangles, the sky is one big rectangle on the canvas…why not make the clouds out of many rectangles…and who wouldn’t want to fly in a rectangular shaped balloon. Everything seemed to fit and I got a little inventive making the balloons from triangles so to play with colors. I must admit it took me hours to settle on the balloon colors, and only when I used white for the middle 3 did it come together for me. From a distance the clouds seem very cloudly :-) shaped, but as in most of my works you need to get up close and personal to see what is happening. I am pretty pleased with it…EXCEPT…Part of my vision was to use netting below the balloon with another shape for the gondola…MIGHT STILL HAPPEN or MAYBE DO ANOTHER PAINTING WITH THAT IDEA…I guess I need to live with this piece for awhile and see what speaks to me.
Mixed media 10×14 in. Variation of several ( Between, How Many Trees Make A Forest, The Stage Is Set.) of my other bubbleheaded tree works. At some point I may revisit these and either on a much smaller or much larger scale try to expand upon this. I don’t believe those are the great pyramids so I have added mountains to the mix. :-)
Very mixed up 12×18 in. We are all connected in some way today with each other and more importantly the world, more so than any other time in history. Where all of this will take us, only time will tell. From my standpoint seeing art from fellow bloggers on the other side of the world, or sharing data/thoughts/ideas makes this such a wondrous time. I gave this piece some thought as it was developing and the brite circles of colors are ideas, seen through different eyes (the tissue paper) and they are all around us, obviously the white lines are our connections…phone, pictures, tv, computers, snail mail…anything that lets us share. The little silver metal dot is us taking it in, in our own private world (black area). The gold circle is like the potential we have and the black lined area is boundaries that some of us stay within, and others venture outside. This is about as deep as I currently get…been watching too much PBS ;-) By the way I like brite vs. bright in case you haven’t noticed, my rebelliousness to Webster.
Mixed media 11×14 in. This was one of the first pieces I did once I ran out of shoes to paint, love how colors fade in and out…result of layering with acrylic. This has more depth than the picture shows and was a victim of my earlier photo talents, alast this piece sold and currently isn’t available to try again. I had two names for this and couldn’t decide which I wanted to use…the other name was Triangles n Squares 1 , I want to say the piece sold without a name which is a shame and one i will fix whenever I become Universally known and this piece shows up for auction…just kidding…but my silver markers/paint sticks did cost more than the others, so the name fits. ;-)
Mixed media 12×18 in. I wanted to show the trees and how light seems to go thru or around them at sunset. This is based on what I see out my back door and in the fall it is so intense it is hard to see anything in that direction. I maintained my triangles concept thru out the piece…can’t begin to remember how many times I applied color and acrylics to this…I like the top to bottom effect of light and dark colors. Yes this is part of the Fall series, for what it’s worth there was 20 pieces in that series…not sure I will be showing all of them.
Mixed media 9×12 in. Part of the sharp angles group. Very thick with multiple layer of color and acrylic. Nice mix of circles, angles and triangles with accent lines/site lines thru out. No hidden meaning or theme, just a pleasant journey with lines and color I took until I reached the end of the line. The name came about from what I was seeing in the piece after I finished.
Mixed media 9×12 in. In case you are wondering, no ruler was used nor harmed while making this piece. When you blow this up the texture really shows up, it is an incredible pebbly surface, very proud of it. As to the colors would you believe hi-liters? Had to lay down about 4-5 layers of acrylic and white wash until I achieved the right tone/hue… hi-liters provide such a rich color to work with. Notice the lines between the colors, the pen/ink I used reacted different to the acrylic leaving a different height and effect…nice. I really like the way this piece turned out.
Mixed media 12×18 in. The title say a lot about this piece. I started in a way different place than where I ended…but I am very happy to be there. Was going for fire/fall color thing, original triangles were larger and I didn’t have blue on the menu. Might be hard to see in this photo but piece has about 3-4 layers on top of each other to get to this point. I love how the whites get muted near the top and the change-up of curved lines near the bottom. The paper I used on this is a real brite marigold and about 100 lb. weight, which takes the acrylic well.
Mixed media 16×20 in. I had considered to divide this into 4 equal parts and then mount it with about 1/4 in. space between all parts with a dark background. However the outcry from my home grown support system convinced me to delay it for now. This has a very nautical feel to which I find very relaxing to look at. Technique wise I didn’t employee as many layers in this piece as I normally would, because it started working for me early on, and I couldn’t see the need. Subconsciously this comes from a long series of beach pictures/photos I took at Tybee Island.
Mixed media 12×18. I have done 6 of these trees/water/leaves/reflection type pieces and still find things to do with them. I wanted a lot more of the reflective look on this one thus the moon and the squiggly lines. It made the waves/water more pronounced, I also used more green and brown shades. I have been toying with having some sort of abstract aquatic life near the surface…I promise it won’t be Nessie, but that would be a thought….
Mixed media 12×18. The first time I did one of these reflective-fall-water-leave pieces I couldn’t get a photo without a great deal of glare on them. So I figured I would do the next piece similar but with the glare/white added as part of it. I like the effect and the blues and leaves are more distinct vs. the first piece (What Waterbugs)…I still need to learn to take better photos of my work. I had someone tell me they thought the white was abstract geese going south for the winter…verrryyy interrrestinnnggg! (think laugh-in, the TV show)
Mixed media 12×18 Fall series. I like the way the colors change on the trees and the background but without the puddles/reflective blue waters it was way too flat for my tastes. The outlining of the trees was a late addition that helped me give it a little more of a surreal look to work with my leaves. I liked the effect so much for some continuity I used on the brite blue waters.
Mixed media 12×18 Fall series. This one has a cold and deeper water feel to it without the yellow and I almost didn’t try it. I wanted to make the reflective sunshine a little less obvious and make the peaking waves stand out more. Felt this would lead the viewer to look deeper between the waves to find other details in this piece. Not as many leaves to be seen might be why I feel it has a deeper water feel ( I am sure all the blues didn’t hurt too) . You might notice I made the signature more a part of the piece than others, haven’t made my mind up on that yet.
Mixed media 12×18. What do you do with a piece that you love the colors but composition wise just doesn’t do anything for you…RECYCLE! A piece that was titled “111 Overton County,” got a second life and provided something special for me…”going To Seed.” This has some of the same elements as others in my Fall series (it is fact part of it) but I was a little more spontaneous in my line work. The image of the reflecting window helps to balance out my scene and actually gave me hope I was had something working.
Mixed media 8×12 . Simple piece using triangles and squares to show the ever changing process during the Fall. This was a lite sketch in my sketchbook that I took to a finished state. It started my bug to focus on the Fall. I also noted that this process wasn’t giving me as much depth as I would like, but loved the colors.
A 12×18 mixed media. A multilayer piece done early in the Fall series with just triangles used. Hard to tell that the background color was baby blue, but after about 5-6 layers I started getting the effect I wanted. Too bad the photo doesn’t show it very well, the texture over the whole piece is nice. The black images were a stubborn happy accident that kept coming thru, and I am glad they were stubborn, would you believe at one point they were a faded lite gray. At any rate I hope the title leads the viewer where I was going with it…as to what they represent…all the clues needed have been given…enjoy.
A 12×18 mixed media, part of my Fall series. This was influenced by a shot I took while walking around my yard. The photo had all sorts of leaves in full fall shades, except for a few stubborn ones that weren’t ready to give up summer. Funny thing I didn’t ready notice them until reviewing my pics…the next day they had turned…lucky me!