I have continued my emerging style of blending acrylic colours on handmade canvas. I know that mellow blues and greens are more popular with my customers, but I am often drawn toward bright orange and neon colours.
I will likely have fewer opportunities to experiment with various mediums- so my work will focus on expanding this emerging style.
Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to check out more of my Fall 2018 artwork this season.
My latest work is a colourful study of phantom faces.
12 x 12 Inch
I wondered what it might be like to draw faces on canvas with India ink, and have them obscured by blended acrylic, like clouds of colourful milk in coffee.
My favourite of the three is this one:
I wanted to capture the feeling of a first kiss. Eyes closed, and embracing the warmth of the moment, with a splash of orange excitement. I hung this 10 x 10 inch piece on the wall near my side of the bed.
The eyes have it all in this piece. The concept is similar except orange represents desire in addition to excitement. The face is nondescript and slightly obscured by green smoke. The varied shades of green in this piece represent renewed interest, ambition, and a slight sense of greed. Though desire exists in the subject’s eyes, there is an element of greed suggested here because the desire is directed somewhere it should not be. This is further supported by the overall obstruction of the phantom face…hidden feelings.
Finally, the last but not the least of my three piece study of phantom faces. In this piece the phantom face has been completely taken over by the hot emotion of attraction. The subject’s face has been totally obscured and only the bridge of a nose and an ear can be seen. I took my time with the application of orange in this piece. I did not want it to bleed and mix into the blue and yellow layers beneath; so I allowed the entire thing to dry completely before adding the final orange layer.
Passion, and excitement: I think my work is moving in a positive direction!
I have been back to my experimental roots, and came up with this latest work while working on wood panels. This is a 14″ x 14″ wood panel. I still use canvas, but the wood can be so much more compact and full of texture than stretched art canvas.
Working with wood has been a nice change. Right now, I am working on a very exuberant acrylic on canvas piece that incorporates bright red and yellow. It’s different, and I can’t wait to post it as soon as I feel that it is complete.
Spring is nearly here: however in Southern Ontario, that does not always mean it will be warm outside or without snow.
The weather has been trite with gloomy over cast and threats of blizzards this week; so I decided to create a piece that would be an antithesis to current moods.
I call my latest piece: Jaune (yellow) Tide.
I integrated bright yellows, cerulean blues, aqua, and green hues in vibrant splashes on a gallery wrapped canvas. My favourite parts of this piece are the bright expanses of Yellow that bring warmth and happiness to the eye. The aqua is a nice offset against the blue as well.
As with many of my paintings, it can be hanged in any orientation; although it is difficult for me to decide where to sign each piece. I may adopt a symbol for signing my work in the future, so as to reduce the impact of a signature.
My latest work is a complex conception of iridescent orange against a dark turbulent sky.
The layers of colour in this piece were difficult to achieve. The richness of colour that I had hoped to achieve is not present in this piece, and to me it looks like it needs more paint.
The concept of this abstract piece is that of a solar flare against a dark space background.
An interesting technique with this piece is the use of fibrous tissue for the sun. I experimented with cotton fibers and molding paste as an adhesive to construct relief lines across the piece. The result is a “realness” to those sections that would not have been possible without creating a raised and textured surface.
My latest work is an abstract conception of underwater (or sunken) gold.
I have been fortunate enough to take a dearly needed vacation and created this during my time away from work.
This is a modest 12 x 24 inch portrait style original work, that features intense contrasts of deep blue and gold. The idea that I worked with was to have blue waves engulf gold as it sunk deep underwater.
The image is a passive commentary on the notion of sunken treasure and opportunities that are out of reach, but still visible.
Much of my art is conceptual, abstract, and utterly beautiful to the eyes of a kindred be holder. I’ve received a lot of interesting feedback on my technique and style from people; and the ultimate response is that I should keep on going!
I think 800 is a nice number for a lifetime goal of art work… 😉