More good news…I sold another painting this week to a previous collector. Some paintings are harder to let go of than others because they have special meaning for me. “Exodus” is one of those paintings as it is the first painting I did for my master thesis. This painting tells the story of an autocratic society where the citizens’ lives are heavily controlled under the guise of security and “the greater good”… (i.e. “1984”) Some citizens choose to risk escaping into the unknown, forfeiting a life of safety and order for the chance at personal freedom. And I’ll bet you thought it was just a painting about seed pods!
Like the seed pods, it is time for “Exodus” to escaping the confines of my studio and enjoy the freedom of a new home.
I just finished a new work titled “Seed Pods”, mixed media, 32″ x 16″ on panel. I tried out some different techniques that gave it a more illustrative look than my earlier work. I used translucent rice paper, layering the many hand painted squares to create multiple new colors from the mixing of these layered papers. The added bonus of being able to see the my early drawings under these papers was also a bonus.
I also experimented using the Eddy Rost stencil by Mary Beth Shaw from StencilGirl Products. Check out her great stencils and others at www.stencilgirlproducts.com. I liked the pattern so much, I used it again for the tangled roots of the pods. I’m not sure if I’ll continue working in this direction, but experimenting with new materials and techniques gets the creative juices flowing.