Friday, July 11, 2008
When I saw these two pieces of art I was taken with their stark simplicity of pattern and color. This is the first of many paintings where the background is unadorned and dark. It is black....it is American Journey Brown Derby....numerous washes give it a rich, dark, appearance with depth. It is simply framed, with no mat.
Sometimes pottery speaks to you...the blanket cradles the pottery on a table and the lighting was so soft and comforting. My paintbrush had a life of its own. It is a small painting (11x15) and framed in a large silver frame with no matting. It is striking in the home of a private collector.
This is a collection of old Santa Ana Pottery and this is actually the second painting that I did of these fab pots! I loved the colors and the old designs and this was really a wonderful learning tools to create values and contours. Thanks to the guidance of Susan Roper and Barb Lang, I am really proud of this piece. It was sold to a private collector shortly after completion.
I wanted to do a review of my early work and my progression -- for better or worse. I started doing paintings in series and, in an effort, to keep track of how many paintings I was doing, I numbered them. So, #70 is my 70th painting. These are gourds that had faint facial features painted on them and they reminded me a group of disgruntled old men.