"Dreamer (formerly Ballerina)," 9" x 12", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a pretty filly playing in an imaginary space. She's looking for a new home - $599 includes s&h to any US doorway. As always, inquires may always come directly to me. Oh, and in process pics are here.
I've been looking at a lot of art lately (that might be a separate blog post!), measuring it against my inner vision (notice I didn't say measuring it against my work!! that is a no-no!!), and figuring out where I want to go with my work (because yes, I do get bored painting the same thing the same way, day after day).
I have plans right now for two workshops this spring (focused on expressive, ambiguous, and loose mark making) and am currently deep inside two others (examining joy and acceptance). Plus I have compositions that have been in my head since December's still life workshop with Vianna Szabo (continuing my love affair with light and color). Continued learning is a bit part of advocating for my own growth, and so far this year I am doing a much better job of juggling this with other commitments.
So here's my lesson today - do you remember her from before? Well, in the midst of a giant AH-HA moment this weekend, I realized that the contrast was quite theatrical, but that it didn't serve her. So I eliminated it, and played instead with the background, mirroring her color, adding some of my favorite symbols and patterns from my journal, and then I stopped.
I don't have a clear vision of what to do next, so I put my brushes down. Sure, I could continue to push her edges and have them dissolve entirely, or I could bring the pattern up to compete with her form, but since I can't visualize either of those choices clearly, I'm going to hold off.
Besides, right now, that background serves her very well. Very well indeed.
And now I plan to enjoy her. Maybe you would like to enjoy her too? She is for sale.....
Up next is a commissioned portrait. I'll have to play by the rules with that one! hee hee!!
Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!