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Day 26: Recycled art

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Day 26/30: I am proud to recycle art.

I’ve done several paintings recently over old canvases. I was tired of the piece, or it was unfinished, or I was just uninspired. That’s what I love about paint on canvas though, it can get recovered and recovered until it’s a mountain of pigment… until you wondered what it started out as in the first place.

That’s what happened with this piece. It started out as… I don’t remember. Then I covered it with puffy paint and lots of words and symbols that inspired me. Then, after a few months, I wasn’t inspired anymore. It just looked like a mess.

So, I cleaned up (in a sense) the mess by recycling the canvas yet again and covering it with more paint!

I have had these rolling green hills in my mind. When I lived in the beautiful United Kingdom, my work commute for a few months was a 20 minute walk through some rolling hills. I said morning greetings to the fox, the rabbit, the sheep and the crows. I was wondering if I lived in a Beatrix Potter book.

These hills remind me of my commute. These hills remind me of the beautiful place I once lived. And really how much I still miss it…

Recycled art

Recycled art as Rolling Hills

I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be inspired by this piece, but we’ll see… it could be recycled into something else…

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Day 24: Painting with light

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Day 24/30: Simple, clear, focused.

Sometimes things just make sense. I love this photograph because it’s simple, has one clear subject (the cloud) and its the focus of attention. At least that was my intention.

Call me a cloud freak. It’s ok. I can take it…

Cloud painting

Cloud painting?

Can you?

Taken with a Samsung Vibrant mobile phone. That date should read 11/24… oh well, Happy Early Thanksgiving!

Day 9 & 10: Exploring the spiral

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve started to experiment with using more paint, fewer colors and only 3 brushes. I thought I would try some experiments in simplifying my tools and see where it lead me.

I’ve been fascinated of late with the swirl or ‘spiral’ symbol. I see it in friend’s jewelry, on furniture, in playing cards, and now in my paintings. When I take a look at the meaning of the spiral it gets me curious as to why I seem to want to put it in every painting – here are just a few things that are said about the predominantly Celtic symbol of the spiral:

  • Evolution and holistic growth
  • Letting go, surrender, release
  • Awareness of the one within the context of the whole
  • Connectivity and union with deific and cosmic energies
  • Revolutions of time, stars, planets and the way of natural progress

It completely confirms how calm and grounded I feel when I paint this symbol over and over – meditative, connecting to something bigger than myself and I just let go and paint.

Day 9 was Orange and Yellow:

Orange and Yellow spirals

Orange and Yellow spirals

Today, Day 10, I had a smaller canvas, just as much paint and just as strong of a desire to paint – you guessed it, spirals. So I went for it.

Pink and purple spirals
Pink and Purple spirals

The Universe is in constant motion. The only constant is change. Constant energy.

All of these are the spiral.

What do you see in your art? What symbols show up again and again? I bet if you looked close enough, you’ll see something… explore it.

Day 7 continued

November 7, 2010 1 comment

I couldn’t let the day go with just one piece…

I had too much fun experimenting with water color (not). I had a hard time getting the colors I wanted as I have become really used to acrylic paint and the way the color mixes together. Water color – not my favorite. Perhaps it takes vision I don’t have, or the right paper, or, something… perhaps patience?

Dahlia watercolor

Watercolor Dahlia

I’m going to try a bigger piece of paper and do more design, color pairing and see where it leads. Again, my intention is to go with the flow, experiment and play. My tendency with creative, artistic endeavors has been to ‘get it right’, or make it perfect, when really, it’s not about that. It’s about revealing what’s there… sometimes its crap. And sometimes its good. And some times its GREAT.

Here’s to more GREAT.

What’s your favorite medium? What have you created lately?