A couple of things came to mind today - one followed from a seemingly callous comment of a stranger on my FB page, calling my recent work "garbage." Further conversation with this individual revealed that they felt my work was "too literal." Ok, "too literal" is far more interesting to ponder than "garbage."
As I worked my way through the concept of literal, I began to visualize all the ways - other than symbolically - I could depict things like fragility, feeling inconsequential, immortality, and learning to speak up.
Today I embraced one of those approaches - allowing my form to dissolve into the ground. Sort of like she's melting - yet she's still fully present for the moment. Two of the studies I approached in this way are pictured above.
I have no end result in mind for these - yet - but I am spending time alone with them, asking myself lots of questions, and listening for answers.
How does intensity of color impact my message?
What about contrasts - can I use them intelligently to play off the temporal message?
How do I marry the gesture of the subject with the gesture of the paint? or is this even a serious concern?
Is what I'm doing even of any consequence?
Looking forward to pursuing these ideas more tomorrow.
Languorous (daVinci). 12" x 16", acrylics on museum quality panel, portrait of studio muse and quality control manager, $549. Inquiries may always come tome.
So what does an artist do when they are still feeling a bit under the weather on Day 5? They show up. Because nobody else will finish varnishing paintings, respond to emails, update inventory archives, coordinate commissions, and work on grant proposals.
And when it came time for me to choose a subject for today's painting, I opted for my kitty. Because today was a day to stick inside my comfort zone. And eat mashed potatoes.
There's no gift quite as wonderful as a custom pet portrait. I paint from your photos, resulting in a surprise to unwrap that's like no other. Now is the time to start discussing and planning any holiday gifts you would like to commission.
Museum quality portraits start around $400, and are priced according to size and complexity. If you have a smaller budget,reach out to meso we can discuss other options.