I want to show two recent paintings I did on watercolor paper. They are both acrylic paint and 8 inches square. They both show the same pattern with a slight variation in orientation and a major variation in color.
The first one I finished was this blue one:
I used tiny white dots in a way I’ve never done before and I love the effect. It gives the whole painting a softer, more ethereal look and also seems a bit loose and playful. There is also a certain indigenous or tribal quality to it.
The second one is warm reddish orange and yellow. I used tiny dots in this one too along with some loose line and edge work that was a lot of fun to put in.
All in all I’m really happy with how they both turned out, now they need to be mounted in some way so they can be hung.
This recent painting is the largest I’ve done yet, at 30″ x 30″. It’s tempting to make bigger pieces more complex since there seems to be room, but I intentionally kept this relatively simple. The dominant pattern is all curves but this time I added a straight-line hexagon to the mix.
I have begun a new painting. It’s 18″ x 24″. It’s the same pattern that I show cut in wood in my last post. Cutting a stencil worked well and I was able to get my design onto the board. It might not sound like much, but to me it’s a milestone that offers many new possibilities for working larger and with different materials. That’s exciting, since the past couple of years have been a long trial and error process of finding mediums and materials I could successfully work with. Before that I was doing programming and web design work.. and before that cooking…
But a couple of years ago was significant in that it was when I watched my mother finally succumb to the cancer she had fought for nearly 15 years. And that’s relevant here because, though I’d started exploring these designs on my own, I finished the first ones for her, then. Not as fully colored images, but as ‘blanks” (as I call them), just outlines with no fill or shading, so she could color them herself.
It started when I brought the first ones with me on a visit. The night before I returned home we sat together and talked, and colored together. I didn’t know that would be my last ‘normal’ visit I’d ever have with her. We both enjoyed coloring that night. But she really got into it after I left. Over the next 4 or 5 months she did a whole bunch of them. I sent her files so she could print blanks from her computer. I did a couple too, and it was nice to work away from the computer, using my hands on paper. That’s where my return to art began in earnest.
So, the pattern on my new board is a milestone in another way. It’s the first one I’ve made since I had to start over. You see, all my previous work was lost when I had a hard-drive fail. All the original designs, the one’s I’d prepared for my mother and that became “Patterns of Integration” are gone. Luckily I know how I made them and can make more, but those exact patterns are unlikely to ever be repeated.