Rabbit and Snail

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This rabbit study is one of my favorites.  I think I was able to conjure up a little bit of moodiness and mystery.

This is one of the 8 x 10 inch preliminary drawings for me Secret Garden series.

It’s also a great example of how the image changes each time I draw it.  The bottom drawing was the initial sketch and the top a second rendering.  You get to try different things out yet, improve on the areas you like.

This concept moves forward to the next stage…

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Angels Among Us

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Angels Among Us  -acrylic & charcoal on 300 lb cold press paper 22″x30″ inches

So let’s see how this painting got started…

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Like the famous Rorschach ink blot tests, you can interpret lines and marks in a myriad of ways.  I personally saw a wing to the bottom right and went from there! Random strokes of lilac caught my eye as well and I saw more wings.

I see wings – I associate angels

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I see angels – I associate bows an arrows

Now this is where my cousin Liz  says “Wha -Wha- What? How do you get bows and arrows from angels?”

Well duh, the most famous angel?  Cupid???   …. Of course this makes perfect sense… to me ;)

I also drew in some xxoo’s which equal love.  Perfect Cupid sense if I say so myself! There’s also a little planetary/cosmos action which is aligned with my constant quest to understand the spiritual world around me.

This painting turned out bright and airy and it keeps one looking for the mystical and weird which is right up my alley. It’s a perfect psychological bundle of the inner workings of my mind.

Intergalactic

4Intergalactic (10)Intergalactic acrylic painting 30″ x 40″ inches on canvas

I was visiting with a friend of my mother’s who told me somehow she must have been dropped from receiving my blog via email.  She hadn’t received anything from me in months.  Well Miss Sharon, it’s not your email account it is me. It’s been a month actually and how fast that flew.

I am my children’s nanny in the summer and of course my cherubs come first.  It’s amazing though how one week I think I am going to be able to do everything and the next week I drop off the face of the earth for a month!

Don’t get me wrong, I have done plenty.  I taught pottery and art camps, painted 3 more paintings and binged on our local beaches.  I have LOADS of photos to share, but first I have to get my kids back into school. 5 more days of freedom before all of us get back into a schedule.

OK. Enough with the excuses… LET’S TALK ABOUT ART!!!

Here is the layering progression of my painting Intergalactic:

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The first layers of this painting had fish swimming around and there was a house with windows and doors.  But eventually I started to see planets forming and from there I was hooked!

There are many layers of floating stars and planets.  When you see it in person you can actually look through the layers. To the right there are hands reaching to pluck one of those stars from the sky or is it just a strange plant?  I left it ambiguous.

I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot of Keith Haring influence in my use of the charcoal.  When I pick up that piece of charcoal something makes me draw very ballsy and bold.  Nothing soft and nurturing coming out of my hand.  My cousin Liz is designating this my “Piss and Vinegar Series” and I think she’s right.

There are some issues with these current paintings.  I don’t feel like I really have control over color – what is coming out isn’t exactly what my right brain would plan and there isn’t any quiet space.  In theory there should probably be at least one-third of the canvas solid and opaque giving your eye a place to rest…

It shall take many attempts to tame my inner-dragon.  As I have mentioned, these paintings are intuitive paintings which means I spend countless hours trying to keep that right-brain at bay.  Each stroke and color is done by pure gut – no thought.  Pretty freaky what comes out of my psyche huh?

Eventually I will be able to marry my left and right brain and come up with some images that have some thought, planning and organization …. with just a hint of “piss and vinegar!”    :)   but for now I am learning and shall let my heart do what my heart wants to do!