Here we have a simple two panel divider that was designed as a gift for a child. The concept I had when creating this was to have two frames stretched with canvas joined together with a thin hinge. The result is to have an open and closable apparatus that features a fun and imaginative design. When the piece is half closed it can be used as a play/dressing screen for a small child as it will stand on its own, yet is still lightweight enough to not be dangerous if knocked over.
The bright pink piece is entitled “Weeping Ocean”- however I am still deciding what to entitle the darker one. The contrast of their colour compositions didn’t exactly go as planned. I wanted the blues in the untitled piece to be a bit deeper- like a midnight blue.
The most interesting and unusual aspect of this piece is that attached the frames to each other with a hinge. The two can be opened to stand on its own, or laid flat to be hung together.
“This road…this ever referenced road that leads to all sorts of places…”
That quote is the idea that I went for in “Eye of the Hill”. Here we have an unnatural, alien-like landscape with green hills and orange soil. In an abstract sense we could see that the sky is also green, or that the rolling hills go on forever. The observer is held to feel that they are at the foothills of an astonishing journey; one that leads to an all seeing eye.
I created this piece this month- it took about 6 hours. I really enjoy the colour composition; the play between light and dark. It’s really easy to lose yourself in the arrangements demonstrated, and I’ve found guests who have seen it in person to stare at the intersecting lines in a Rothko-esque fashion. (Famed artist Mark Rothko (d. 1970) was said to believe that large art is best observed 18 inches away from the canvas surface.)
You can check out the listing for this piece here.
This was one of my first canvases that I made from scratch; by cutting knotty pine to size and using wood glue and staples to secure the rectangular shape. I don’t think i had discovered gesso yet, so I made a mixture of white acrylic paint, Elmer’s glue, and wood glue to prime the cotton material for painting.
As a sewing aficionado, I have a rather large collection of fabric that I keep in my studio. It has resulted in a great segway into stretched canvas creation for my paintings. (You can bet your pants that I will explain more about that in a future post)
This is an experimental design of acrylic on canvas that I completed a few weeks ago. I call it: “Into the Bubble-verse”. My idea was to illustrate a universe of blue bubbles; however, without knowing that they are bubbles, an observer could draw other observations. I’m actually inspired to paint another similar piece that connects more abstractly to the idea of a bubble universe. (*giggles* I hope you can tell how much I enjoy this new hobby).
Alas I have gifted this piece to my dear brother for his birthday, after he mentioned how much he liked it.