16" x 16" painted papers collage on wc paper
acrylic and wc paper
The above piece is exciting to me for several reasons. First, it was inspired by several hikes that I took where I got to see a lot of beautiful wildflowers. Exuberant nature! It's a wonder that there is so much taking place right in front of us.
Secondly, the design of the piece is something relatively new for me. Because I started painting under the influence of plein air thinking and everything that comes with that, I have some things that I haven't let go of. The collages that I make, to date, have been inspired by colors that I see while out and about making observations while hiking or walking. I can't get away from color observation which is something that I learned about (and continue to learn about) when I first started painting. My designs though, have not been based on something that I have seen. They are just an arrangement of shapes and proportions. Till now. The above piece is based on some rock formations that I saw while on vacation in Southern California. When you really start to look at things, an arrangement of anything can be broken down into proportions. And so that is what I did with what I was physically seeing in the rock formation. I really enjoyed (and felt artistically safe) making this kind of connection. I am uncomfortable with making process based work or work that is totally non objective. It's the plein air, beginning painter in me that comes out and wants to have work based on something tangible that I have seen.
I have also completed another set of Contemplation Columns. They are a kind of companion piece to the Peace Pillars (they use the same colors). I worked on them at the same time as I was doing the pillars. As soon as the columns are dry, I will be able to get a photo to show.
OK, hope everyone is having a good Monday. Thanks for reading and commenting.