A visit to the southern part of Utah inspired this series of collages. My goal was to convey not only the subtle variety of color but the awe inspired by these natural sculptures. Before being glued to the support, the various papers were manipulated with paint, inks, even melted plastics creating a continuous variety of textures and surfaces.
Abstract paintings such as these challenge an artist to really consider the elements of art such as line, shape, form, color and texture. More importantly for me, it requires me to consider what I want to say in a painting that has no actual visual reference that my viewer can identify. One aspect of these two paintings was a desire to leave a little mystery.
Artists often paint unusual subjects because something about them catches our interest. In both of these paintings it was the shadows that intrigued me, especially the way the shadows connected the various objects to one another. It was great fun using a large variety of colors to make the blacks, whites and browns.
Painting skin tones has always intrigued me and using the medium of pastels offers challenges in layering colors you wouldn't expect to find in the skin to create the illusion of a flesh tone -- purples, violets, greens, etc. Francis blend with warm reds, yellows and oranges to create lovely effects.
Hello Everyone and Welcome to my Art Blog. In the future I will be posting my work and talking about the inspirations for the paintings and collage pieces that I post. All of the works will be for sale. If you are interested in purchasing and would like a price, please reply to a post and I'll get back with you.