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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Verdure

Verdure

16" X 20" acrylic mixed media on canvas $250 plus shipping. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please e-mail me at katherinemccullen@yahoo.com

Last year I discovered the works of Katherine Treffinger, and she has been kind enough to correspond with me, answering my questions and encouraging me through the process of creating abstract art. Recently Katherine used the expression "Break the illusion of control" in one of her blog posts, and let me tell you: that rocked my world. All of my compositions, up to now, have been so tightly controlled, so this was a whole new concept for me. I was excited by the idea, though, and ready to give it a try. So, here's what I came up with, and it may well have been the most fun I've had painting, since my nursery school teacher, Miss Sadie, threw a piece of fabric on the floor and let the entire class crawl around and fingerpaint on it, (later making it into a dress she wore often and proudly). Ava named the painting "Verdure" because she said it looked "mossy." While I was painting, I thought of camelias and mimosa blossoms, so the title seemed perfect to me. Surprisingly, it fits 3 challenges, so I suppose there must be something to this "painting intuitively" business. (Saturday Surprise Saturday Workout and Creative Therapy.)

26 comments:

Stempelchaotin said...

OMG what a great texture and colors. Stunning canvas. Love them.

Femmy said...

awesome!!! love the structure and the vibrant colors!!

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

OH WOW!!! I'm loving this! I love Katherine's painting also. I have been to intimidated to try abstract--
I'm too controlling. I think I'll pop over to her blog and read her post.
You did a FABULOUS job here. Love the textures and colors.

Katherine said...

Alberta this is fabulous. You are a natural. Keep going, I can't wait to see what develops if this is your start! You are brave, congratulations!

José said...

Control, control. I once decided to make a wild big painting. So there I sat with this big white thing in front of me. I had to force myself to start and in the end I made flowers. I couldn't let go of the control. So I'm impressed that you made this despite you're controlling nature. I think it is beautiful. And keep doing this you're so talented. I will be following your progress.

hastingshall2 said...

Gorgeous abstract, Alberta. I think the bright, bold colors are just super.
Faye

Terri Kahrs said...

What a wonderful beginning to what I know will be a fabulous journey of exploration into abstract art. "Letting go" is much easier in theory than in practice - said by one of the original Control Freaks. You should be so very proud of this first successful effort. Congratulations!
Hugs,
Terri :) xoxo

Alberta and Ava said...

Thank you all so much for your encouragement!

XOXO,
Alberta

Astrid Maclean said...

Fantastic piece, great colours

Rachel Bland said...

This is a fantastic piece! The colours are so bold and striking. I love the textural effects!

Lumilyon said...

Beautiful colours and textures x

tangled stitch said...

Beautiful colors and couldn't we all use a little lack of control. So tightly controlled sometimes I think it holds me back.

Sioux said...

This is beautiful. Is it for sale?

Snap said...

This is wonderful ... all your bright colors and I love the texture. You Go!!!!!!

BlueRidgeLady said...

Alberta, my computer froze when I clicked on your blog, and I was waiting and waiting on then this picture popped up, and when it did my eyes almost popped out! It's so gorgeous and rich. I love Ava...I was saying the name in my mind and loving the word and then I read that Ava named it that, of course she would, she knows! I have never even had the nerve to touch canvas! I admire your experimentations! I wish I could crawl around on the floor and finger paint! Sounds fun!!

I am glad you led me to Katherines blog to see her beautiful paintings, I can see why you were so inspired!

Rein said...

Wonderful piece!

Mieke said...

Awesome!!! Love it!!

Martina2801 said...

Your work is just amazing!!!!

indybev said...

What fun it has been to see you evolving and freeing the artist within! You go girl! This is absolutely, fantabulously, gorgeoso!

Barbara Hagerty said...

GORGEOUS! Fabulous texture and color....fabulous everything!

Lucy Edson said...

Beautiful color and textures!! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Therapy!! Love your art! :)

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

I received an award this morning and am delighted to pass an award on to you. You have an amazing blog as well as being an amazing artist.
Thanks for being my new blog-friend!
Stop by my blog to copy your award.

roc said...

this piece is awesome! it should be in a gallery!!

Stacy Alexander said...

What a striking, enticing painting! I love the texture, the composition, the forms and the colors you chose. Very nice!

~Stacy Alexander

Willy said...

Wonderful piece and colours, Alberta!

Janny said...

Gorgeous, great colours and texture!