This is still a work in progress in that I still have to mount the four pieces. I may mount the four of them on a larger canvas with some kind of tree or branch image behind them. They can either be lined up horizontally, vertically, or in a square. Still thinking! Summer is new. I originally painted a pink and green square for Spring and the green one (above) for Summer (see earlier blog post), but the green one seemed more appropriate for Spring, and the pink one works well by itself, so I did a new Summer. I really like it. It reminds me of a walk along the beach at the edge of the water. (It also looks a bit like a peacock!). I’ll post an update when I have finished mounting them. Below is the new Summer. (Acrylic, beads, stones, shells, small objects)
I’ve made two trips to Wyoming during the Summer and remember how the landscape varied in different areas — golden rolling hills, lush forests, rolling rivers, majestic mountains. While most of my work is abstract, this one is a more representative landscape that I painted specifically for this beaded bloom because I thought it could represent of the sun, but also birds and western imagery. While it’s not Native American, I felt the colors of the beads reflected a Native American sensitivity that can be seen throughout the Western United States.
I chose a variety of metallic and neon paints on this with the expectation of pairing it with a “bloom” with peace sign beads, however I found the pinks and purples of this bloom better brought out the neon colors. It’s like a colorful garden at night, lit just by moonlight. It’s really pretty under a blacklight too!
This is a little different from most of my pieces in that it’s more “painterly” and on stretched canvas vs canvas board. The colors are the same as I used in Cattails and they too remind me of life along the edge of a pond or bayou.
Several years ago I started making beaded jewelry as a creative and relaxing way of expression. This expanded into symmetrical beaded designs I call bead blooms. I also started painting small abstracts using poured acrylic paints swishing the colors around using sticks, combs, forks, and other objects. After awhile I decided to combine the two together. I also often include rocks, nuts and bolts, gears, and miscellaneous found objects. Below are a number of these works.
Meaning/Inspiration: The bright and cheerful colors and beaded “bloom” spark thoughts of the first blossoms of Spring.
(2018) Acrylic on Canvas Board with Beads and String, 12 x 12” (14 x 14” framed) $220
(Note, this has been reframed in a similar painted frame)
Awhile back I bought an 8′ acrylic tube with plans to use for the legs of a painted table, but decided to go with a different base. I played around with different ideas on what to do with the tube, finally cutting it into smaller lengths and using sticks to paint inside.
Last fall I trimmed what was left of some wild bushes in the backyard, but thought the zigzaggy branches were too cool to toss. They sat around in our living room for a couple of months until I thought to incorporate them with the acrylic tubes. I like the juxtaposition of the two elements. Initially I planned to cut the sticks for a wall hanging, but then tried it as a taller piece that extends from the floor and really liked it. I designed a wooden box for the base, but then found this cool rectangular vase at Goodwill that was perfect. Great reuse too!
This reminds me of cat tails at the lake blowing in the breeze.
This is a new piece incorporating my beadwork with my swishy abstract acrylics. Instead of positioning the bead bloom in a circle as usual, I decided to move the center to the bottom of the page and work up from there. I really like the organic look of the piece.
Acrylic on Canvas Board with Beads and String, 14 x 11” (17×13” (framed) $250
I’m not sure who was more excited — me selling my painting, or having friend, Bijoy Goswami, buying it. I initially called it “Change of Seasons,” but it represented to him the three levels of energy — Mavens, Relaters, and Evangelists — that he discusses in his book, The Human Fabric! I like his interpretation better!
In November 2018, I participated in my second EAST Austin Studio Tour at Art84 and was thrilled to sell several pieces including Roadside Park: Ouachita National Forest. This is my first attempt at using my “swishy” paint style to paint something representative. The inspiration was a roadside park we pulled into during our visit in Arkansas. Such a beautiful state. It was a little sad seeing this little painting go, but the buyer seemed to really appreciate it, so all is good! (Sold)