Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jan 2017 30in30, Day 15

I do love discovering an unplanned composition.

Since January first, I've painted and cut and painted and cut and painted and cut, and today I work on another 4x5" piece that greets me with layers of acrylic, ink, torn-tissue collage, and torn hand-painted collage. Where will I go with it? Where will it take me?

Yesterday I see the transcript of an interview Brené Brown had with artist Nicholas Wilton (I've followed both with no prior awareness that they had a connection!) and this bit resonates:

There just seems to be so much dizzying beauty and stupendous design that exists in nature that it just makes me want to, in a small way, try my hand in making something too. However, none make me want to paint these actual things but they do make me want to taste again some small miniscule aspect of what I had seen or more importantly what I felt. Can I make a painting feel, and that is the operative word, like the spiral of a perfect white shell?

I also rediscover Carol Nelson, to whom I was first directed when I got absorbed in painting abstractions of rocks.

And now, look at this fun piece, finished on the front steps in warm warm January-thaw sunshine!

Salt of the Earth
4x5"; acrylic, ink, torn-tissue and hand-painted collage,
and oil pastels on canvas paper
abstract
2017
$60




16 comments:

  1. Really great Dotty! And it does feel a bit like Carol. Looking at the other two artists... thanks for sharing the link :)
    This made me think of when team members put their hands on top of the others, in a sign of strength and unity. This has strength, the interlocking stones seem dependant on one another. Love the collage bits :)

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    1. Sheila, thanks for your feedback and observations. LOVE your perception of team members' hands on top of each other in strength and unity!

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  2. I see strength and new life. I could see this as a huge wall painting and not a 4 x 5! Patterns, colors, direction, and textures all work together in this piece!!!

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    1. Carol, thank you. So grateful for your feedback. I could see this as a huge wall painting also, though I'm not sure I could see myself as the one with the brush in her hand!

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    1. Karen, thank you; having seen your beautiful rendering of rocks in a few paintings, I am especially appreciative of your feedback. I love this one, too!

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  4. I see the rock jetty at Kelsey Point, waiting to be walked on.

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    1. Awesome! My earliest coastal rock memories come from Old Kelsey Point : )

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  5. I feel it Dotty, strong, textured, rich in unexpected colors and yet peaceful and welcoming like a beautiful spot in the sun in a quiet park.

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    1. Gillian, thank you for your reflections on this piece—it's one of the ones that came from the piece you told me NOT TO TOUCH : )

      Love all that you see in this piece—its strength and its quiet beauty.

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  6. Love the strong, bold red you use in your work, Dotty. It makes your pieces really pop.

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    1. Katie, thanks so much. I welcome your feedback : )

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  7. This is wildly wonderful and I love it. So earthy and organic....I want to fall right in.

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Fall away!

      The process felt deliciously earthy and organic—woo hoo!

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  8. Love this! I am encouraged to use more color!

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  9. Go for it, Karolyn! Can't wait to see!

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