Monday, March 30, 2015

New Work: Near and Far

Near and Far
10" x 13" acrylic on wc paper/matted to 14" x 18"
One of the things I did in the past two weeks was to reorganize the garage. As a consequence of straightening up, I created a better space for taking photos. I am able to set up my tripod and a ladder to prop the painting on. Along with these adjustments, learning my camera better, and taking photos in the AM, I hope to have better images of my work.

I worked on this piece yesterday and it is based on my photos, sketches and memories of walking at Lake Alpine. Last summer I took a trip there in order to go walking. When I finished with my "hike" I sat on the shore of the lake to eat my lunch and to sketch. The direct view across the lake was quite lovely. For this piece I simplified and shortened the view and the surrounding shore and rocks. I am pretty happy with the brush stroke texture that I was able to get too. Right now, that texture is a way for me to connect in a "mentally tactile" way with my environment. Memories can become sort of smooth and faded. I like the idea of reconnecting to that smoothness via texture, if that makes sense. There is a lot to it, really.

The other thing I am working through now is developing a personal sense of balance in my pieces. I see other artists who present such a skillful balance in their work. It's enviable and I know it's achievable. With each piece I do I feel like I learn a little more.

OK, it's Monday. Hope everyone's week is off to a good start. Thanks for reading and commenting.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Libby- great work my friend . I could picture you sitting in a lovely spot sketching and enjoying lunch. I love doing the same thing when the weather gets nice. Always enjoy seeing your new work. Looks to me like your week is off to a great start. Hugs


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