I get something from the process of creating the end piece. I enjoy challenges. To paraphrase Jackson Pollack: “if a person isn’t painting from without, it has to come from within.” Not a bad goal. And I hope that doesn’t mean I have craters in me!
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Here are examples of an interesting series that include moon craters in acrylic paint, hand hewn steel frames,
and the pièce de résistance —LED’s!
When I am in the midst of working on an acrylic series I find that my dreams are filled with artistic images and ideas; I keep a pad of paper available to sketch those sometimes brief thoughts. I’m most myself, purposeful and engaged, when I’m creating a series. There seem to be artistic possibilities queuing in my head. They are available for sale as prints of various sizes. Please see my contact page.
I paint dead flowers.Sometimes when they are almost dead, I see their twists and shreddings, their incessant wilting and I think well that’s pretty too. Before the internet, we popped popcorn and watched the time lapse photography which proved that all four hooves of a galloping horse do leave the ground at the same time.
I kept a Christmas amaryllis around well after it’s lustre had faded, reminding my daughters every day for two months that life with an artist was going to require explanation at times; that and create a time lapse experiment in acrylic paint.
Would you believe that after a month of waning the amaryllis flower head became the withered Athena, whirling at her warrior’s return.
Lily, my eldest daughter tended an acre of gardens one year.The flowers in the painting were a gift one day near the end of that summer.
She Could Not Believe Them When They Told Her She was Special:
A composition of rudbeckia grown at Western University. I imagined the title to be poignant reminder for our daughters finding their way in the world.
Original artwork for 2011 “Art Freshener” part of London’s Metal Trees Series
Mostly, I say, water colour painting is all about the technique and its presentation, kind of like cooking a gourmet meal out of basic ingredients and wowing your guests. Let’s say you have a very funky old lawn mower. You’ll wonder why you didn’t realize prior to having it rendered in water colour, you were cutting the lawn with such a dicing diva.
I have a secret. Until recently I was a reluctant water colourist. I’d worked in water colour many years prior and now really wanted to develop my larger acrylics and acrylic abstracts. I re-introduced myself to the art form using different techniques and no longer hampered by my former self imposed boundaries, have charmingly challenged my brain again.
I was asked to paint fields of grapes which were sometimes under an electric pink sky, historical stone buildings that curved toward a red mountain, so many poppies that…well so…. many…. poppies; I couldn’t say no.
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I have found London’s public sculptural trees to be evocative for many Londoners. Their bright colours in a water colour painting lend a decided abstract feel to the work which I build from.
Painting the metal trees into the streetscapes after so many years of architectural drawings was a pleasant irony. I talked with the Downtown Business Assoc. and I was really excited to have Bill Hodgson visit his trees at my booth at Home County. I had 4 of them completed by Sunfest 2011 and sold them at the two festivals as various sized framed prints.
I was aware the commissioned metal trees were the topic of many discussions so I had a Metal Trees Guest Book with people commenting on both sides. I have talked to Bill about creating a bit of a discussion, of course linking to his website; Hodgson’s Originals and his other iron work. They are available for sale as prints in various sizes. Please see my contact page