Continuing from my earlier post, this half slip/ petticoat is crimson in colour and features a beautifully concealed elastic waist band.
While making this version, I had to sacrifice on the size of the piece. I wanted to make the waist band around 46 inches, but was only able to make it stretch to a maximum of 42 inches. It still counts as plus size for a lady, but is a bit on the smaller size for sissy costumes.
I have been absent from posting new things for a few weeks- not because I haven’t been creating, but because of a mental block relating to how to write about it.
Sometimes I forget the lesson I learned when I was sick with cancer all of those years ago; which is to take it (life) one day at a time (or as I like to say “One day per time” lol.) Any life can be cut short, so try to enjoy the life you have right now.
Although I was enduring a mental block of sorts; I also was feeling bored with the appearance of my blog, so I updated it to reflect the project-heavy content. Over the years I have been diligent in including photos with every blog post, so I can take advantage of wordpress themes that showcase this.
I have also been broadening my horizons academically…but more on that in a later post.
My latest work is a two piece examination of cerulean blue and gold on canvas.
Blue and gold abstract photo in my backyard
The gold represents the sun against a brilliant Caribbean sky. There is turbulence in the gold fields, and so perhaps there is turbulence in the artist’s life.
The first canvas is rectangular, and only about 6 x 12 inches. Meanwhile the square canvas is 10 x 10 inches.
I am working on 2 more canvas frames right now, and I hope to have them stretched and primed by the end of the May long weekend. I am excited to see what I will come up with!
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… 😉
I decided to buy a cheap brand of acrylic paint on a recent trip to the art supply store.
The quantity was plenty, and the colours looks great; but, when I got the tubes home I noticed that they did not mix well with my usual premium acrylic paints to create a style that I liked. One of the positive sides to this mishap, was that the paints had a nice body to them; and I was able to create some texture in this piece (seen above).
I have heard many times that in order to be good at something (like, really really good), you have to do whatever the thing is every single day. Following that stream of thought, it would make sense that some days as a painter, one just needs to paint for the sake of painting. The quality of the paint should not really matter or serve as a roadblock to achieving the goal of painting everyday.
Above we see an abstract landscape painting. I intended it to be a very abstract and colourful scene with mountains and a golden sun. I have heard from many admirers of my art that as the beholder’s they can decide on what they see. The colours are decided, but ultimately the image that is viewed is entirely up to you, and how you feel at that moment.
although I had very reasonable intentions, it did not turn out as I had expected.
I am a harsh and rigid critic of my own work.
I think that it is important to appreciate your good and bad pieces as an artist. It is a part of any journey to becoming something: learning from your mistakes and planning out what to do better next time.
It will be a great feeling to cover up some of these with gesso.