I am posting images of some recently created images. The requirement for the 2nd Anniversary show for Broad Ripple Art & Design was ‘bright’ work. After surveying what art I had available to hang there was not much brightness to be had! The pieces that might have qualified were still hanging in the gallery in Tennessee. I had one piece (shown below – Topiarius) that was made during one of last month’s painting sessions with my artist-friend Shadow. It was the first piece I selected to put in the show.
After that I couldn’t seem to find anything else that pleased me. What a perfect excuse to get out some canvas and create a few new pieces! As it turned out I did not teach the nature-based art classes last week due to the local schools being on fall break. The timing was wonderful and allowed me some free time for creativity that I haven’t had recently.
These all started with a layer of paper, glue, clear acrylic gel or some combination of those items to get a very texture surface. After that it was time to play with layers and layers of paint. It seems that lately I can’t paint without getting my hands & fingers into and using them as my “brush” as much as (or more than) I use an actual brush!
I tried to finish these outside and enjoy the last few days of fall but after one day of my fingers aching from the cold I moved indoors. Unless there is a drastic improvement in the weather I am afraid my outdoor painting days are finished until spring. What a pity, I so enjoy being creative outside! Being able to drip, squirt, splatter and generally just fling paint around without worry is very freeing and, in addition to just enjoying the freedom, I like the effect it has on the outcome of my art as well. Perhaps I need to fire up a heater in the garage, put a drop cloth on the floor and try to duplicate the feeling indoors!