Abstract paintings elicit as many responses and reactions as viewers who see them.
I hang these two really large pieces together, and in this direction; but they look great hung horizontally too.
Look closely… tell me what you see!⠀⠀
By the way, these two are hanging @blackumbrellaart gallery in Garden Grove through the end of March. If you’re in Southern California, go see them before the month is over and share your reactions with me after seeing them up close and in person.
This piece changes every time I work on it.
I am continually called in a different direction when I approach it, tools in hand.
In the past, this frustrated me. I felt lost and tossed about. Now, however, I loosen my grip. I let the next phase and layer unfold, ease open, become.
This is a much happier process; and the results usually are less contrived and strained. They are relaxed, organic, and inviting.
Loosen your grip.
Such is process.
The big moon and cloudy skies this week reminded me of this encaustic piece I painted a while back. It hangs in my guest room right now, but is available for purchase in my shop
I still see something new every time I look at it.
What do you see?⠀⠀
If you’re spending time near the ocean, pop in and see her… and all the other amazing art in that fun space. Afterwards, you can go to Sugar Shack for Brunch, or you can grab a beer at Killarney’s Irish Pub.
Huntington Beach has something for everyone!
Venture out of your house! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Walk an unbeaten path, or a fond-of and familiar route.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Look up to the sky, see the horizon, breathe deeply and be grateful for the home you have to go back to.⠀
In this addition to my Home Series, I wanted to focus on women as the center that holds.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While most of the palette is neutral, the bold pink gently draws our attention. It anchors the neutrals and supports the contrasting blue sky.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And do you see the rainbow in the center, where paint has been removed? That thin line carries a whole lot of meaning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I feel content when I look at this one.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’ve had days and days and inches and inches of rain here in Southern California.
Today the rain stopped, the wind blew away the clouds and the sun shined brightly.
I spent the morning walking on the beach and basking in the beauty of it all. This afternoon I was back in the studio, painting flowers and hearts, (gotta get ready for St. Valentine’s Day!) and dashing across the hall to keep the laundry going.
All in all, it’s been a very, very good day!
It’s Giveaway Wednesday over on Instagram!
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I sometimes feel scattered… I have too many ideas fighting for attention and too many projects demanding “Me! Now!”
Does this ever happen to you?
It can be paralyzing and can stanch the flow of creative work pretty quickly. When it happens, I know I can settle my busy brain and get back on track by planning and implementing a series.
In a series I focus on a topic, a color family, a style or a motif; and I paint several pieces in the framework of that focus.
I may paint a week’s worth of 4 x 4-inch mini paintings using only three colors and their variants.
Or I might force myself to create at least three abstract paintings ( a REAL challenge for me right now!)
And if I’m really struggling with that internal push and pull, I make greeting cards.
Limiting myself to small simple spaces and designs often soothes my angst and helps me move back into feeling productive and on track.
All creatives get caught in the mental merry-go-round. Some call it being blocked, and that’s certainly the end result. Others call it creative anxiety, angst or an inability to focus or commit.
Whatever you call it, or if you’ve never given it a name; as a creative you’ve undoubtedly experienced it.
What do you do to settle your “spilling over the edges” energy flow?
Share your ideas! I’d love to hear them!