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NEW PAINTING Daydream #6 (Daisies)

"Daydream #6 (Daisies)," acrylics and watermedia on a 24" x 30" panel, $899. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always come to me - thank you!

This is another Siren turned Daydream - there's something fascinating that happens when one uses a previous painting as a jumping off point for something new directly overtop. Contrary to what some may think, I do not simply coat the previous painting with an even layer of gesso and begin on a clean slate. Instead, I allow what was there before to interact with what reveals itself as the new design builds, responding intuitively (you can't plan this sort of thing!) and all these happy accidents happen. Approximately 1/3 of the surface of this Daydream remains untouched from the previous Siren incarnation.

There's an echo of the previous siren figure behind the glazes (lower left), but only if you knew she was there to begin with. And the (mostly green) color from the earlier painting directly influenced the palette of this Daydream, even though I tried very hard to resist it (that robins egg blue is so luscious alongside the emerald fog).

What gives me utter delight, though, is that (without planning) the orientation of the composition remained the same from the Siren to the Daydream. When I was nearly done with the Daydream, I realized that my original signature - in pencil, no less, which was something I did for a short period of time before returning to a painted signature - had been sealed behind layers of glaze.  The delicacy of the signature was a nice counterpoint to the heavier graphite lines elsewhere in the painting, so I wanted to preserve that. But it felt stagnant to straight forwardly "reuse" it, so I decided to add a bit of clover overtop. The three leaves were a nod to the tri-leaf pattern appearing elsewhere, and also a hint at my Irish heritage. They also hint at the passage of time between the first painting and this newest version.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

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