Some collections I have put together you might like:
I had a wonderful time showing some of my work at Art Around Town in Chappaqua, New York. My paintings will be up at Noelle Marie Photography at 140 King Street until the end of June. There are more than 30 other artists of the Northern Westchester Artists’ Guild showing at merchants about the town.. Do stop by and see our work.
This is another larger one at 36 X 48 inches in size. I wanted to capture some of the aspects of nature without making it relative to size. At the bottom I have painted some pollen grains that I think have a wonderful abstract quality. This painting is bright, without being overwhelming. If you look carefully you’ll find a tiny homage to the first video game I played and also a pair of my tired eyes after painting the many very tiny details this painting holds.
Recently I’ve been working in two styles, one is the egg tempera based one I’ve discussed in previous posts and also a more abstract one, that I’ve been working with in acrylic. I find it very hard to settle down and just do one style. So I’ve decided to try and focus on just two for a while (if I can). I’ve been playing with drawings that I draw to convey some sort of motion and then I add color. I find that these are best expressed in acrylic, that dries fast so I can keep my shapes clean and sharp. I greatly enlarge the small sketches and start playing with the images I see on the canvas. Some sort of magic happens when I make the initial images larger and I start seeing new shapes and images arise in the negative space. Here are two that I have finished in that style. So for the winter, let it flow and let it grow.
The top one is entitled “Reach for Peace” and the next one is “The Power of Nature” and both 36 x 48 inches in size, the third one is “The Mating Game” and is about 24 x 30 and the bottom one “Ride the Wild Seahorse” and is 18 x 24 inches in size.
Lately I’ve been playing with paint to express emotion and a softness of vision. I rather like how these pieces are coming out. Take a look.
I call this one Beyond and it was inspired by a train ride through the Alps.
I worked another version of it in “Memories on a Train” below.
I liked how Beyond came out, but I admit I love color. So I did “Farther”.
I think I’m going to explore this “soft view” approach for a year or so and see where it takes me.
I recently finished this painting on the Kleshas. In Christian philosophy, we have the seven deadly sins, that might keep you from finding a state of grace. There are both yogic and Buddhist approaches to the Kleshas and the flavor is slightly different and they define them a little differently.
I came across the Kleshas during studies with my yoga teacher. They are: abhinivesha (fear), asmita (false identity), raga (attachment), dvesha (aversion) and avidya (ignorance).
There are many images for the Kleshas but of not in a Western cultural context. I wanted to create something that those studying yoga in the West could use to understand and meditate on the Kleshas. I did this painting as a gift for my yoga teacher.
The figure is standing on one foot to represent that if the Kleshas are not addressed she remains off balance. I tried to make the figure a healthy looking woman, rather than a model or a magic goddess throwing off sparks, but the you encountered in the mirror every day. The figure is not clothed, as you must take away the outside masks of costume and artifice to overcome these obstacles and know your inner self.
Each hand is in a mudra that is associated with the chakras of the kleshas. The icons for each klesha have the color of the chakra they are over. From top to bottom, they are ignorance, avoidance, false-identity, attachment and fear.
I was talking with my husband over dinner last night. I was lamenting that I had sold my second painting but I was finding it hard to let it go. He said, “Well you can always do another like it.”
But really can you? For instance, when I painted “A Jury of your Pyrs.”
I was watching an old British TV show called Silk, learning about the British Court system and inspired by the pun, “A Jury of Your Pyrs.” Would I have the enthusiasm to do it all over with as much interest and attention to detail? I don’t think so.
Another thing that moves on is abilities and techniques.
I love the image of a Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog happily rolling in the freshly fallen snow. Such joy! So I did paint one canvas to portray this about a year ago.
Snow kept falling and I kept learning and painting. I painted may other subjects and then returned to the same concept again.
I find that how you view a concept and how you attack it changes. Below is this year’s take on the same concept. I’ve refined my brush strokes. I still have problems with perspective. But it is a “finer” image. Could I return and to the first over again, and if I could, would I want to?
Perhaps I should paint a Pyr making a snow angel every year, just as a record of how my abilities and outlook change.
Part of what I love about painting is the exploration of different styles and topics. I don’t think I made a post about my chaos paintings where you just paint as the spirit moves you and go back the next day and try to refine shapes you see into images?
These two images are done on canvas paper and are very free and spontaneous. Interestingly enough, the Mermaids below were actually purchased from my Etsy shop, also called “My Muse Calls“. So the first painting I sold was of mermaids and not a Pyr. As usual, an unexpected turn!
I’ve recently discovered the visionary artwork of Alex Grey and much to my delight he has a center where he holds what he calls “Art Church” and workshops only 30 minutes from my home. I’m going to take a workshop he and his staff offer on visionary painting this summer.
The road twists and turns and keeps taking me new and interesting places. I don’t really want to do another painting exactly the same. And I shouldn’t lament if I am able to sell a painting. I can use the money to buy more art supplies. And the person who buys it hopefully will be cheered on daily basis by having it around. The more I travel down this road, the more doors seem to open and the more interesting the sights become.
Dan took a wonderful picture of Tila making a snow angel. Dogs have an amazing ability to live and enjoy the moment to it’s fullest. It’s the sort of thing some people strive for with so much effort in meditation and more. Snow! Joy! Roll! Sniff! Roll some more! I must make a note to enjoy each moment as it comes. Here is the painting that inspired.