This piece was an attempt to paint more loosely and freely. I sectioned off the painting into thirds and worked within that framework. I liked the idea of the central panel being a glimpse at only part of gigantic letters, two o's that I imagined were part of the word LOOK.
I achieved the textured look by pressing Styrofoam plates into partially dried paint and quickly pulling them away, taking some of the paint with them. By adding layers of color, I was able to achieve this "grunge," weathered look. It reminds me of city billboards that have had countless posters stuck on and ripped away.
This painting is something different for me. Usually my work is tighter, the shapes sharply outlined. In this piece, the only sharp lines are in pencil, setting off some of the sections. It was fun to do something a little different.
I am especially pleased with this piece. It's a combination of acrylic paint, acrylic paint markers, water-soluble wax pastels, and pencil. There are also two collage elements, in the upper right and near the bottom center: pieces cut from old books. This painting is meant to show how everything is connected. Energy flows through the lines, lighting up various round and rectangular elements along the way. All of this energy culminates in the large black circle near the top center. Ironically, the large shape it lights up is pure black—an absence of color—non-energy. It's my way of saying that what happens along the way is far more important than what you end up with at the end! This piece is available at Singular.com and SaatchiArt.com.
Wishing for Freedom
I created this mixed-media piece with acrylic paint, wax pastels, graphite and oil pencil. I played with richly saturated colors against blended pastel washes and solid-colored shapes. The floating reflective-gold shapes in the outlined rectangle that is the painting's focal point represent our yearning to return to the freedom we all enjoyed before the pandemic. The painting is on a cradled wooden panel and measures 20 inches by 20 inches by 1.5 inches. The sides are painted black—no framed needed—and the painting is wired and ready to hang in your home or office. Available at Saatchi Art and Singular.
Below are details of the painting.
I have created three small paintings for Studio Montclair's upcoming Greetings from Montclair show. This show offers art collectors an opportunity to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork for only $35 each just in time for holiday shopping. Proceeds from the show benefit Studio Montclair.
The show will run for the month of December 2020. It will be available to view virtually, and an in-person viewing time will be announced.
Below are the three pieces I have donated to the show.
Part of my Layers series, this painting conveys the color and excitement of Old Town Havana, Cuba. Vividly painted homes and storefronts stand in the foreground. Behind them looms the majestic Great Theatre of Havana, home of the Cuban National Ballet. Atop the dome stands a statue of an angel, reaching toward the heavens. Behind the theater, city homes stretch into the far distance, a rainbow of color and life. Fun details wait to be discovered: a dozing cat . . . bright lines of laundry drying in the sun . . . the beautiful Cuban trogon, Cuba's national bird.
I recently participated in a Studio Montclair (NJ) exhibition entitled The Place Called Home. Click at the bottom of this post for a virtual tour of the show! View all of the pieces and hear the artists comment on their work.
Below is the painting I had in the show: Leaving Home, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 20 in x 20 in, $600, available on Saatchi Art and Singulart.