Two of the ladies in my Tuesday painting group were inspired to paint a palette like the piece I call "Full Spectrum" I painted years ago. It's a chart of 22 colors down the left and across the top with each color mixed with all the others in the middle. I was sruck by two things out of this: one, how much fun they were having painting (sometimes making this art requires such intense focus and concentration that it's not easy!) and that I remembered having the thought back then that I'd like to do something else with painting squares. Then it came to me that I could paint one of my reference photos one square at a time. So instead of a contour drawing of the image, I superimposed a grid on the image in Photoshop and drew lines on the paper. Each square is a small absract painting. At first it was totally thrilling! I loved the shapes and colors. But that left-brain of mine really is tenacious! It wants to get in there and make something of the art. And painting one square at at time is a huge lesson in patience. I think the result is interesting and the exploration was worthwhile. Also, since I painted each square wet (for the most part) it was incredible practice at working with the paint and water - which I can always learn more about. Six of the painters in the Tuesday group then jumped in and painted a piece square by square. They each said they leaarned so much - about really seeing what they're painting, about working wetter and softer, about the abstract quality of all painting. This image came from my neighbor Megan and Jeff's crabapple tree this spring. Blossoms Squared.
29"x22"- May 2012 - Original available - contact me for details
Blossoms SquaredOriginals, Squares-Maps
29"x29"- May/June 2013 - Original available - contact me for details
29"x29" - $550/$650*
ParisOriginals, Paris, Squares-Maps
This was an exercise that my mom and I did years ago. There was a teacher who suggested it - the assignment was to put the cool colors on one axis and the warm on the others. But that meant that some colors would not be mixed with each other. So, I chose 22 colors and put the same colors along the side and the top and mixed them all with each other. I didn't fully mix them, just let them swirl around in a square of water. It ended up having great energy. When I've hung this piece in my festival booth, I've hung it down low because small children are really, really drawn to it. I remember loving the spectrum of colors when I was a little girl - and in fact I still do!
22"x22" - 2002? - My private collection
22"x22" - $395
I did a week-long silent retreat in April of 2005 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. The focus of the retreat (besides lots of meditation practice) was creativity. We were given many hours a day to work on our art, music, writing. I took some of unfinished work (I finished Bud the Dog and Blue Door) as well as gave myself permission to experiment and play. One day I told myself I'd paint all day with my left hand. I had a big fat brush and a block of watercolor paper and I did just that - whatever came to my mind, one quick painting after another. The next day I was looking at all of these pictures and was inspired to take these two, cut them in to strips and weave them together. One is an erupting volcano, the other the green hills that I was surrounded by. It felt to me like these two energies both live inside me.
14"x20" - April 2005 - Original available - contact me for details