Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Namaste

Having a yoga practice helps me bow to myself when I paint, helps me tap the divine spark located in my heart chakra.

Gathered up a little prana today and finished the piece I worked on yesterday, part of my inquiry into painting negative space. I think this piece is the seventh in my series.

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Before, during, after:

from this 8x10" start,


to this 4x5" quadrant, 


to this coverup, 


to a completed painting.

Holding Vrksasana, Finding My Edge
4x5"; acrylic, ink, collage, and pastels on paper
abstract
2017
sold

12 comments:

  1. A HA! That's why it felt like an old friend! So courageous to cut up an awesome piece of work! So visionary! LOL. So fun Dotty! Please don't ever stop blogging about your work. Promise?!

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    1. OK, OK, I'll keep blogging! Truth to tell, blogging really has become part and parcel of the painting process for me. And both are likely to continue!

      It does a push, and leap of faith, for me to cut up pieces I already like, but I am so glad I opened up this negative-space inquiry for myself, and I'm glad (and somewhat surprised!) that I haven't completely lost track of seeing it through. Still have many starts in the chute, though …

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  2. First I am glad that there were no more coverups! Just some lovely textures, On the main shapes. Love the added color on the newsprint. Thanks for process images.

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    1. Carol, indeed, no more coverups—even *I* have to stop somewhere! The added color on the newsprint is paint first, then tissue paper (with a design in it) collage, and tiny accents of oil pastel. Thanks for your comments.

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  3. Yoga and art...what a perfect pairing! Love the process pics and the pushing and pulling in this piece. And the size! yay!

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    1. It's all one and the same isn't it?—yoga informs painting, painting informs yoga, everything informs day to day living … as long as I can notice : )

      Thanks for the 'pushing and pulling' feedback, Jen.

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  4. I love this piece. Consider it sold. I want to buy it because I love it and the description of the process, specifically tapping into your heart chakra. And I want it as a souvenir to honor where we are 50 years after we met in Miss Bradley's homeroom!

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    1. Awesome! Would you like it as a paper piece (as it is now) or shall I mount it on a block of wood as I did with one other piece for you (price goes up!)? I am so delighted to know that Holding Vrksasana will be going to you, and I love all the reasons behind your wanting it : )

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  5. Oh Dotty, what a beautiful painting!!! Glad you sold it!

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    1. Thank you, Simone! And I am so delighted to have sold it : )

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  6. Oh yeah.....those finishing touches - love the value range, and a few more texture bits. Congratulations on the 'sold' sign. I think I need some yoga in my life.....have a great day!

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    1. THANK YOU for feedback on value range! Sometimes it comes to mind, sometimes it does not, at least not consciously. Thanks for the congrats—always love knowing that someone else enjoys and will continue to enjoy my art.

      We all need yoga in our lives!

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