Friday, January 27, 2017

Jan 2017 30in30, Day 27

Following the recent death at age 82 of Apollo Astronaut Eugene Cernan, "last man to walk on the moon," I heard a tribute to him on NPR. What stood out to me was an audio clip of his expressing awe at the tremendously compelling view of planet earth from way out in space. Cernan said he just couldn't stop looking at it, that he kept feeling awe at the strikingly colorful sight of it.

Interestingly, Cernan went through several aeronautical disasters before that experience and awe entered his life.

On a much smaller scale, this little painting went through a few disasters of its own before it found a place in the universe. I've reinterpreted a motif here that has popped up more than once in my art. I think I just can't stop looking in wonder and awe at the world and the life it supports.

That said, the jumping off points for this painting had no discernible connection whatsoever to the painting that eventually emerged. I was not thinking moon walk, or outer space, or planet earth. I was not thinking awe, I was not thinking wonder. I was thinking very muted monochrome, layering techniques, brayers, plastic wrap.

What in the World?
4x5"; acrylic, ink, and wax and oil pastels on canvas paper
abstract
2017
$45

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16 comments:

  1. So intricate, deep, colorful, and captivating. Who needs to go to space?!

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    1. Evidently none of us with paintbrushes in our hands : )

      Thanks for your comments, Laurie.

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  2. I love this, Dotty! I have been struggling with a painting with circles and not sure I will ever finish it but this work is inspirational for me.

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    1. Karolyn, thanks. I'm honored to provide inspiration. woo hoo!

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  3. I also love the circles in circles with the splashes of color, also little faces that say "HI"

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    1. Hadn't noticed the faces smiling out at me! Thanks, Carol. The circles in circles are fun to play with.

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  4. So glad you added colour, it brings it alive. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

    What do you use to create the raised lines/circles?

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Marion. I'm away overnight so can't tell you the specific product name for the raised lines/circles, but it's fabric paint. I love it!

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  5. I think I probably told you this on IG but I love this piece Dotty. Clean, distinct, great value changes & colors.

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    1. Gillian, thanks! I value/appreciate your specific feedback.

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  6. Love the darker value on this one Dotty. Makes the other colours pop more. The white on black lines adds another layer of depth. I have tried the fabric paint but never ended up with lines - just big huge glops. This is a lovely painting!

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  7. Thanks for all your specific feedback, Janet; I'm delighted that you find it lovely! The darker value came from mixing India ink and glazing medium (or approximations thereof) and overspreading it at one point in the process. The fabric paint I have comes in little 1 oz.(?) squeeze bottles with simple applicator tops. I've had fun with it. It adds dimensionality and it's glossy, so it provides contrast in many ways.

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  8. Dotty this is a masterpiece. I love how you have left two of the corners empty. Love your wonky repeated circles, as always. Love the palette. The soft white layered with blue, green, lavender. the "etching" into that white. The black spots... everything is just as it should be. :)

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  9. THANK YOU, Sheila! In turn, I love that you notice some of my favorite bits: the empty corners, the wonkiness of the circles, the etching into the white, the black freckles. : )

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    1. I always notice, might struggle with articulating at times. :)

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    2. Au contraire—I savor the articulate nature of your observations!

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