Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mystery

Where did this come from?

I was going to play with flower doodles again.

And then that's not what happened.

I grabbed a piece of manila stock, set up a tonal palette of black, browns, white. Picked up a palette knife and scraped some paint across my canvas. Scratched across the wet paint with the end of the knife a few times. Let it dry. It was basically a small mess of scraped paint on paper.

I used a brayer to veil some of it.

Sat staring for a minute or two. Reached for stencils—nah. Reached for pens. Yah, maybe. Drew some lines.

Reached for oil pastels.

Done.

Short, sweet, satisfying.

I don't know why these tonals are calling to me. I just know they are. I don't know why abstraction is calling to me. I just know it is.

This piece has a magnetic quality for me.

Isn't this just the best little mystery?

Thicket
4x5", acrylic, ink, and oil pastel on manila stock
abstract
2016
gifted

6 comments:

  1. Yes, it absolute has something magnetic and mysterious! The fun is: it might be abstract, but I had a very 'real' experience. Like crispy snow, leaves, branches, winter.
    Beautiful!

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    1. Love that you had a very 'real' experience of crispy snow, leaves, branches, winter—awesome! Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. And I love that they seemed to come out of 'nowhere'... You did not think it up, the painting just wanted to come out!

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    1. I totally loved that this little painting seemed to come out of 'nowhere'—such paintings are so nourishing. They keep me painting : )

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  3. Love, love, love. Makes me think of Colorado, snow and sun, trees. Memories from my youth. Walking with friends and having fun. Warm fuzzy feeling, Thanks Dotty :)

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    1. Sheila, so glad this piece resonated with you. It makes me smile each time it catches my eye—it's perched on a gallery shelf in the room where my granddaughters are currently bunking in : ) Love that it evokes Colorado/snow/sun/trees memories for you.

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