12 x 12″ Original Acrylic on Gessobord with 3/4″ Birch Cradle. Wired to hang.
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Sometimes painting is like figuring out a puzzle. This painting definitely fits the bill. Lucky for me, I like puzzles. I like the challenge of making it work visually with color, texture and movement. This painting has more defined shapes and lines than my usual. It has a flow of one color into another and it took shape in my mind as the flow of sun, wind and water and the growth of plants up out of the earth. I mimicked the stripes of corn rows in fields and green sprouts.
Spring and summer after this last year seems especially poignant. I feel grateful for the colors of nature that bring hope after a long, dark winter. The blues of water, greens of new growth and the warm yellow-orange of the sun blow across our senses like a gentle breeze, reminding us that there is always new life. Notice your surroundings, take in the beauty of nature and breathe. My Aunt Helen lived by this mantra, into her nineties: “Every day is a gift from God to be appreciated and shared with others!” Imagine waking up with that thought every day. I’m working on it!
Watch Art Bit Exercise #5 here and A Bird’s Eye View demo painting here.