Sunday, August 1, 2010
Cross My Heart 12 X 12 acrylic, ink, oil stick, and charcoal on canvas
Are you getting tired of me jumping around and not sticking with one style? The truth is I paint what I need to learn. Last week I set out to paint an abstract, and a seascape appeared. I'd never done a seascape, and I'd just returned from Charleston,S.C., so I wasn't surprised when the ocean emerged on my canvas. This week I did return to one of my past loves(according to this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt), and I managed to actually finish this abstract piece. Despite this blog post title, the term "past love" is relative because I've only just been painting for about two and a half years. I painted a few abstracts back at the beginning, and, since my college art appreciation days in the '70's, I've been totally fascinated by Matisse's fauvism, Kandinsky's abstract expressionism, and Picasso's cubism. More recently, I've been studying the powerful work of Katherine Treffinger, an established painter from Oregon, and an emerging Atlanta artist, named Melissa Payne Baker, known for her strong color palettes and thick texture.
The secret language of form and color in abstract art inspires me. I love the task of trying to achieve balance and meaningful interplay in nonrepresentational art. When I work in the abstract, I feel challenged and free at the same time. Like I said, for me, painting is all about learning, but sometimes it's about having fun too. When both happen, it's perfect.