This year (so far), I am experimenting with lots of ways of finding images and lots of ways of painting them.
This is the first of my “Fragments” series — favorite snippets from larger works repainted on smaller canvases. I think I prefer this in the horizontal orientation. They look like snuggling friends to me (I see lots of characters in my abstract paintings. Do you?). What I was exploring here was painting in very thick paint over previous layers of thick paint in different colors. I still like it better in the larger painting this was drawn from (“Comin’ Through!”), as I think some even cooler brush accidents happened in that one, but this one is sweet, too.
I created a set of four 5×7″ paintings in late April or early May, but couldn’t post them then, as I donated two of them to the Arthouse for the 5×7 Show, and they needed to remain anonymous for the run of the show. I think it’s safe to post them here now. The two I didn’t donate are available for sale; I’ll add them to my gallery and shop pages soon.
This painting is based on a photograph of some crystalline concoction of various chemicals.
Four new paintings
These little 5″x 7″ paintings are what I would call representational abstractions based on the stuff of life seen under a microscope. I love knowing how things are made and how they look, and often I best understand how something is made by painting it. Microphotography allows me to see the tiny things that make up the world. These paintings are not strict copies, but are based on microphotographs of stuff like soap film, chemicals, silica and other crystals and crystalline structures.
Thursday night, my husband and I went to the Artists Preview party for the 2009 5×7 show at the Arthouse. It is always so much fun to see the huge collection of fabulous little paintings and other creations in a 5″x7″ format — and to run into so many of my art friends!
I was most surprised and thrilled to see that my two little paintings got a primo spot in the exhibition! On the main wall, under the writing, top shelf. They looked so good there!