2.07.2013

Homeward Bound & Arrival


Tonight I taught an awesome painting class and returned to my home studio full of creative energy!  I wanted to paint, but will wait for tomorrow to have a full day ahead of me, with coffee.  I finished the two paintings above this afternoon...acrylic on canvas, 5" x 7" x 1 1/2".

Originally, the lovebird in the tornado was an origami crane, but it looked too sad, lacked contrast and a focal point.  There's that art appreciation background creeping into my studio practice!  I miss lecturing those classes and I must say that teaching experience really strengthened my critique skills in regards to my own art.  These pieces are so similar yet so different-we've got birds and a warm background yet one is on a journey while the other is waiting.

In the lovebird painting on the left, Homeward Bound, he's on his way home, the tornado aiding in his swift passage.  A little white picket fence (an obvious yet sweet allusion to the 'dream house') is adorned with a hand-stitched heart garland.  Considering all of the movement in the tornado and splashes of color in the bird, I didn't add my signature dot pattern in the background.  I use the tornado a metaphor for travel, getting swept from one place to the next safely.  I remember in my younger years being terrified of tornadoes, worried I'd get sucked out of the house and thrown down somewhere unfamiliar.  I blame the made-for-tv-movie Night of the Twisters and the film Twister.  Even after the 90s had passed, there were more than a few times in Clemson that I herded all my pets into the closet under the stairs to wait out a storm with my clock radio.  After grad school and plenty of flying and moving, I came to welcome the idea of a wind just carrying me from one place to the next.

Arrival, the painting with the chickadee and pinwheel, is a bit more calm.  The bird waits on his sweetheart to return, patiently perched with his party decoration, looking skyward.  Since he was so still, I dabbed in the teal dots to break up the space and provide some color contrast in the background.  I love dots in my paintings (and polka dots on my shirts, reference my closet for proof); there is something reassuring in the steady pattern.  The pinwheel was painted in layers of white, orange, and neon yellow paint.  Those neon craft paints are awesome, if you're a painter, go pick some up at your local craft store.  Right.  Now.  Buy the Americana Neons, they are less than two dollars &  behave like glazes to make the surfaces pop without being too overpowering.

2 comments:

  1. I love the pinwheel! I need to send you a picture of our display of your work! :)

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  2. Yay, I can't wait to see it! Representing in Greenville :)

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