Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I'm waiting to hear if any of these paintings will be accepted in the Venus Envy show to be held at the Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, IA during May 2008. I sent off a CD of the work along with my artist statement a few days ago. Now it's time to wait for the response!

This is "Ayla's Cave", a highly textured 16" x 20" acrylic painting. I used etched deep lines into molding paste and added layers of trasparent fluid acrylics to build up a depth of color. I also used Golden's Garnet Gel tinted with Burnt Orange to add a gritty, rusty texture. The center area is painted and distressed brown paper with sketched charcoal images suggesting the cave drawings found in southern France.

The black, red, and gold framed piece is a 14" x 18" collage of paper, acrylic paint, and fabric. I used hot glue to provide the texture of curved, raised lines. The center image is a figure from Chinese

These last two painting, "Mardi Gras" and "Oceanids" have been described in early posts.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

I've finished a series of four textured acrylic abstracts that I've entered into the juried exhibition "Regional Art Survey 4" at The Next Picture Show Gallery. The series is based on the 5 elements of Feng Shui - earth, wind, fire, water, and metal. I'm still working on the "Wind" piece, which will hang in another venue.

This is "Earth", the Knowledge element. The original has more yellow hues than the orange that is here. It's 16" x 20" on gallery wrapped canvas. I used a variety of textures including molding paste, handmade paper, and tissue paper.

The second painting is a grouping of four 6" x 6" canvasses textured with tissue paper, stamps in molding paste, and cheesecloth. It's called, "Fire", the most powerful of the 5 Feng Shui elements, fire represents passion and energy. This mixed media piece incorporates the fire colors of red, orange, purple, pink, and strong yellow.

"Metal" is the prosperity element in the study of feng shui.
Original is 16” x 20” on gallery wrapped canvas. I used Luminere metallic paints to get the glow.

The last of the series is "Water", which is considered the Career Element in the study of Feng Shui. I’ve incorporated the color blue and a variety of textures in this acrylic painting. The original is also 16” x 20” on gallery wrapped canvas.